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Archive for: September, 2014

Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Desalegn of Ethiopia Before Bilateral Meeting

United Nations Building New York City, New York 9:57 A.M. EDT PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Well, I want to extend a warm welcome to Prime Minister Desalegn and his delegation.  When I spoke previously at the Africa Summit about some of the bright spots and progress that we’re seeing in Africa, I think there’s no better example [...]

The UN Human Rights Council adopted the outcome of the UPR of Ethiopia

The UN Human Rights Council adopted the outcome of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Ethiopia on September 19, 2014. On that date, Ethiopia was given 252 recommendations by the UN Human Rights Council member States[1]to improve human rights infringements in the country, based on the general human rights situation assessment made to Ethiopia on [...]

Politics imposes choice of being left Ethiopia behind in a digitally competitive world.

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin A former colleague from my previous life, who still runs strong, recently called me to share nail-biting occurrence that he learned about in his office. It was regarding an invitation extended to a renowned Ethiopian expert in Addis Abeba to participate in an international forum on video/Skype, in tandem with other experts from [...]

Crimes Against Womanity: Marriage by Abduction in Ethiopia

By Prof Alemayehu G. Mariam The truth is stranger than fiction In my September 7 commentary, DIFRET: The Abduction of a Film in Ethiopia, I expressed my outrage over the aborted Ethiopian premiere of the film DIFRET. That film, based on a “true story” of Aberash Bekele, tells the dramatic story of a teenage victim of the [...]

UN experts urge Ethiopia to stop using anti-terrorism legislation to curb human rights

GENEVA (18 September 2014) – A group of United Nations human rights experts* today urged the Government of Ethiopia to stop misusing anti-terrorism legislation to curb freedoms of expression and association in the country, amid reports that people continue to be detained arbitrarily. The experts’ call comes on the eve of the consideration by Ethiopia of [...]

The Difret Saga

WRITTEN BY  TIBEBESELASIE TIGABU AND MIHRET ASCHALEW The suspension of Difret film, which involved Angelina Jolie as executive producer, by a court order has given rise to a controversy among a host of claimants. It all started on Wednesday around 6:15 PM. The movie was well underway after a video message from the executive producer, [...]

Difret, a movie produced by Angelina Jolie, banned in Ethiopia

(Admas) Difret, a movie , produced by Oscar-winning actress, Angelina Jolie, was banned during inauguration ceremony in Addis Ababa yesterday. Difret is a true story of a teenager from a small, rural village in the Oromiya region Arsi zone whose widely publicized arrest for murder in the late 1990s. Difret, where Meron Getnet and others [...]

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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