Cyber Ethiopia
Archive for: October, 2014

The state of internet policy making in Ethiopia

Kinfe Michael Yilma, a scholar at Brunel University London UK, discusses Ethiopia’s internet policies and participation in internet governance forums. Ethiopia is among those countries with the lowest level of internet penetration and use. A 2014 World Internet Stats report, for instance, claims that Ethiopia has had only 1.9% internet penetration. Similarly, the World Economic [...]

Ethiopia – Journalist Dies in Exile at 33

October 16, 2014 by Betre Yacob A prominent Ethiopian journalist, Million Shurube, died in Nairobi, Kenya, where he had been in exile since September 2014. Million, father of a son, passed away on 13, October 2014 at Kenyata hospital at the age of 33. The cause of his death is still unclear. Million was one [...]

AFcon 2015: Ethiopia defeats Mali 3-2 in Bamako

Bamako, Mali - The Ethiopian national team “Walias” achieved a surprising result here today when they beat Mali 3-2 to avenge their 2-0 defeat in Addis Ababa on Saturday. It was Mali who scored first through Bakary Sako (32″), but the Walias responded with 2 quick goals of their own by Omed Oukri (36′) and Getaneh Kebede (45′). [...]

From an Ethiopian Prison: Testimony of Befeqadu Hailu

This testimony was written by blogger and human rights advocate Befeqadu Hailu in late August 2014. A founding member of the Zone9 blogging collective and a Global Voices community member, he was arrested and imprisoned on April 25, 2014 along with five fellow members of Zone9 and three journalist colleagues. On July 17, 2014, all nine detainees were charged under the country’s penal [...]

Ethiopia – 10 Reasons Why Teff is the New Quinoa

by Mark Hay These days everybody knows quinoa. The once obscure Andean grain started gaining traction in Western kitchens in the 1980s, exploding into ubiquity in the mid-2000s as agluten-free superfood. In recognition of its health benefits—especially compared toother grains like wheat—and the boon that global demand has created for Bolivian and Peruvian farmers, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization declared 2013 “TheInternational Year of [...]

Government using taxpayer’s money to train Ethiopia’s security forces while British man is held there on death row

Exclusive: The 59-year-old sought asylum in Britain in 1979 after being threatened by Ethiopian authorities over his political beliefs The Government is using taxpayers’ money to train security forces in Ethiopia who are currently holding a British father of three on death row, The Independent has learnt. Andargachew “Andy” Tsege, from London, was seized at [...]

Ethiopia – A Wikipedia Edit-a-thon for the Zone 9 Bloggers, A Great Way to Raise Awareness

Across the globe, journalists and activists are in jail for doing the kind of work we do everyday here at EFF—advocating for free speech and privacy. Last April, for instance, the Ethiopian government arrested six members of the Zone 9 bloggers network and three other journalists.  All now face terrorism charges for blogging about free [...]

Ethiopia ranked as the best coffee growing country

The lifestyle magazine Thrillist polled a number of experts in the coffee industry recently in a bid to determine what the best coffee growing country in the world is. In total, eleven coffee connoisseurs were quizzed about their preferences in the industry and, importantly, which nation nurtured the best beans. “Being a coffee superpower requires years [...]

Ethiopian diplomat flees US to dodge prosecution

By Mario Trujillo – 10/02/14 04:21 PM EDT An Ethiopian diplomat who allegedly fired a gun during a protest this week at his country’s embassy in Washington, D.C., has left the United States to escape prosecution. The State Department on Thursday confirmed that it had asked Ethiopia to waive the diplomat’s immunity so he could [...]

EU Human Rights Committee hearing on Andargachew Tsege’s illegal capture in Yemen and illegal rendition to Ethiopia

EU Human Rights Committee held a hearing on 24th September 2014 about Andargachew Tsege a UK citizen currently held in unknown location in Ethiopia . Please follow link  and watch. Highlights include: Maya Foa of Reprieve clearly stating why Andargachew Tsege’s case is illegal and UK must demand its immediate release; MEP Ms Ana Gomes impassioned demands to EU and UK to do more than release statements [...]

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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