Cyber Ethiopia
Archive for: July, 2016

Ethiopia blocks Facebook and other social media for exams

Ethiopia has blocked social media sites across the country after university entrance exams were posted online. The government said the ban was to prevent students being distracted from studying during the exam period and to prevent the spread of false rumours. The blocked sites include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Viber. They will be unavailable for [...]

UN rights council condemns internet blocking

The United Nations Human Rights Council on Friday passed a resolution condemning countries that prevent or disrupt access to the internet. The 47-member U.N. council has passed two resolutions since 2012 affirming people’s digital rights, but the section on internet blackouts appears to be a first. The resolution passed by consensus “Condemns unequivocally measures to intentionally [...]

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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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