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Archive for: February, 2016

Reclaiming Popular Mandate for Legitimacy Crisis in Oromia – Ethiopia

Addis Fortune Editorial Oromia is in disorder. Protests and violence continue to rock a region of 35 million people. It has become impossible to predict the state of affairs there. What started as an objection to a Draft Integrated Master Plan between Addis Abeba and its surrounding localities has now blown up to become a [...]

Demystifying: Ethnic Politics and Ethnic Federalism in Ethiopia

By Melaku Woldeselassie It is troubling to see a pure unitary position, unwilling even to recognize the existence of Ethiopians whose demand for democracy includes a right to preserve and promote local languages and cultures. The group still feels strongly about the need to avoid any form of ethnic federal system. However, considering the ethnic [...]

Ethio-Zürich Football Club Donates 30’000 CHF to World Food Program

Ethio-Zürich Football Club has contributed 30’000 Swiss Francs in support of the relief component of World Food Program’s Protracted and Relief Operation. The funds were raised in few weeks by fans and supporters of the Ethio-Zürich Football Club following the announcement by various media outlets in December 2015 of the need of urgent humanitarian assistance to [...]

The Tragedy of Ethiopia’s Internet

Written by Justin Lynch – February 1, 2016 Nafkot Nega thinks journalists are terrorists. When I visited him and his mother, Serkalem Fassil, at their tiny apartment in the outskirts of Washington, DC, in early January, 9-year-old Nafkot intermittently murmured and jabbed his hands, pretending to be a superhero fighting criminals. Perhaps some of those [...]

Unrest in Ethiopia: the ultimate warning shot?

RENÉ LEFORT 2 February 2016 The culture of power is one of centralisation. But real federalism couldn’t be beyond reach. Oromya shows that it is becoming an absolute requirement. The Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF), the strongest component of the ruling coalition, from the middle of 2014 has faced the highest level of Tigrean popular discontent [...]

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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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