Cyber Ethiopia
Archive for: August, 2016

Cooperation between Amhara and Oromo oppositionists presents the government with one of its most serious challenges in 20 years

(Africa Confidential) –The latest major jolt to Ethiopia’s security and its ruling elites has come in the form of a protest in the north-western city of Bahir Dar, the seat of the Amhara regional government and a destination popular with tourists visiting Lake Tana’s ancient island monasteries. After a large demonstration that passed peacefully the [...]

Support the Ethiopian Runner crowdfunding campaign trending to close its 100’000 USD in less than 24 hours

A crowdfunding campaign for Ethiopian runner Feyisa Lilesa has raised more than $40,000 in one day after the Olympic silver medallist made a political gesture that he fears could cost him his life. Support the fund at Lilesa, 26, crossed his arms above his head as he came second in the men’s marathon in Rio [...]

Ethiopian runner makes protest sign as he crosses line in Rio

An Olympic marathon runner from Ethiopia staged a daring protest against his home government when he crossed the line in Rio on Sunday. As he took the silver medal, Feyisa Lilesa crossed his arms above – a gesture made by the Oromo people who have suffered brutal police crackdowns. Lilesa is from Oromia, home to [...]

Protests in Oromia, Amhara Regions of Ethiopia Present ‘Critical Challenge’ – United States

By Tom Malinowski The Obama administration’s top official promoting democracy and human rights,Tom Malinowski, says the Ethiopian government’s tactics in response to protests in the Oromia and Amhara regions of the country are “self-defeating”. Writing ahead of the arrival of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Nairobi for talks on East African issues, including [...]

Churches call for peaceful dialogue in Ethiopia

19 August 2016 After recent reports of widespread violent demonstrations in Addis-Ababa and other parts of Ethiopia, local church leaders and members of the World Council of Churches (WCC) joined in a call for peaceful dialogue and restraint on all sides. “We mourn the lives of those who perished during these protests, and regret the [...]

Discourse between General Tsadkan Gebretensae and Prof. Messay Kebede on current political challenges in Ethiopia

General Tsadkan Gebretensae’s piece on Ethiopia’s current political challenges. triggered heated discussion on social media and elsewhere on the internet. One of those reactions is Prof. Messay Kebede’s review. Gen. Tsadkan have sent HornAffairs his response to Prof. Messay Kebede. Dear Professor Messay! I would like to thank you for taking your time not only to read but write your [...]

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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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