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Archive for: August, 2014

How To Enable Amharic In Google Docs, And Why It Matters to Ethiopian Bloggers

Amharic: በጉግል የአማርኛ ቋንቋ አገልግሎት ማስጀመሪያ መመሪያ እና ለአማርኛ ቋንቋ ጦማሪያን ያለው አንድምታ In the Ethiopian community, bloggers, journalists, and activists are all targets of increasing levels of surveillance and intimidation. The Ethiopian government has used its monopoly on telecommunications to restrict its citizens rights to privacy and freedom of expression. The websites of opposition parties, [...]

EFF to Ethiopia: Illegal Wiretapping Is Illegal, Even for Governments

Earlier this week, EFF told the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that Ethiopia must be held accountable for its illegal wiretapping of an American citizen.  Foreign governments simply do not have a get-out-of-court-free card when they commit serious felonies in America against Americans. This case is the centerpiece of our U.S. legal efforts to [...]

Ethiopia – My Commentary on My Commentaries By Alemayehu G. Mariam

Confessions of an Ethiopian-American blogger or notes of a native son on tyranny? This commentary, perhaps confession is a better descriptor, has been long in coming. Why have I written lengthy weekly Monday commentaries for hundreds of weeks without missing a single week? Why are my “commentaries so long”? Why am I so critical of [...]

Ethiopia: Embracing Development and Security Means Embracing Free Expression

by Birtukan Mideksa originally posted on Last week, Washington D.C. hosted the US-Africa Leaders Summit, where over 50 African heads of state discussed important issues ranging from public health to trade and development. I was honored to participate in a parallel civil society conference that highlighted the challenges faced by civic leaders on the continent, [...]

Ethiopia – Bloggers and human rights defenders held for more than 100 days and charged with treason for using free software

Joint statement by Front Line Defenders and Tactical Technology Collective on arrest of Zone9 bloggers: In the recent Zone9 Bloggers case in Ethiopia the authorities have fabricated charges of destabilising the nation and terrorism in an attempt to silence any independent voices talking about the human rights situation in the country. Part of the supposed evidence they have [...]

Ethiopia’s “Terrorist” Journalists and Bloggers

NAIROBI, Kenya - A cursory glance at the headlines shows that Ethiopia has one of Africa’s fastest growing economies. But the noise generated by the hyperbolic international media is drowning out the critical voices. Political opposition is being strangled by the authorities as activists and journalists are arrested and thrown into jail at a dizzying pace. [...]

Development without Freedom – How Aid Underwrites Repression in Ethiopia

Human Rights Watch’s new report on Ethiopia entitled ‘How Aid Underwrites Repression in Ethiopia’ shows that development aid flows through, and directly supports, a virtual one-party state with a highly questionable human rights record. The report concludes that the Ethiopian population pays a heavy price for this approach to development. Accordingly, it draws the following recommendations: [...]

Ethiopian Heritage Society Held a Successful Fourth Festival

August 11, 2014 The Ethiopian Heritage Society in North America (EHSNA), held its fourth annual event successfully. The Civic Building in Silver Spring Maryland was full to three-fourth of its capacity when the 4th Annual Heritage Festival was opened on Friday, July 25th, 2014. All sections of members of the Ethiopian community, young and old, [...]

Ethiopia and its press – The noose tightens (The Economist)

Bloggers and journalists who criticise the government are under the cosh Aug 9th 2014 | ADDIS ABABA | Timekeeper A RANKING that countries do not aspire to ascend is the one compiled by the Committee to Protect Journalists, a New York-based group. It reckons that Ethiopia is Africa’s second-worst jailer of journalists, ahead only of [...]

Ethiopia – Assurance urged for detained birton Andargachew Tsige

By PRESS ASSOCIATION The Ethiopian government has been pressed to provide guarantees that a British national facing the death penalty will not be executed. Political activist Andargachew Tsige has been detained in Ethiopia for six weeks following his removal from Yemen and denied consular access from British officials, the Foreign Office said. He is secretary general [...]

Warka ዋርካ
the Pioneering Ethiopian Discussion
Forum in Amharic

The then-TPLF-dominated regime in Ethiopia was the first in sub-Saharan Africa to actively engage in political censorship of the Internet .

Since May 2006, the most popular Ethiopian web sites (including CyberEthiopia) and several blogs have been blocked across the nation. The apparent objective was to prevent the dissemination of information that is critical of the regime.

Following the political protests which have swept the nation since November 2015, the regime has routinely shutdown the Internet and restricted access to Social Media (including Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Viber) and indicated its keenness to control Social Media.

On 22nd June 2018, the new Prime Minister Dr Abye Ahmed's government reported that it had unblocked 264 websites including after 12 years of blockage as attested by the OONI’s thorough verifications of our website’s unblocking .

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