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Archive for: November, 2016

Reacting To Lefort’s Article On The Ethiopian Crisis By Messay Kebede (PhD)

I have read with great interest René Lefort’s article, “Ethiopia’s Crisis Things Fall Apart: Will the Center Hold?” With his usual perspicacity and deep knowledge of Ethiopia’s history and contemporary politics, Lefort analyzes the current crisis with penetration nourished with revealing details, often gathered from well-placed informants. One learns a lot from the article, but paradoxically [...]

Ethiopia’s internet crackdown hurts everyone

By James Jeffrey, IRIN Ethiopia has never been an easy place to operate. But a six-month state of emergency, combined with internet and travel restrictions imposed in response to a wave of anti-government protests, means it just got a whole lot harder. The government has targeted the mobile data connections that the majority of Ethiopians [...]

Internet shutdown could cost Ethiopia’s economy millions of dollars

Note from the Editor: It is to be recalled that Ethiopia was the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to actively engage in political censorship of the Internet. Since May 2006, the then top five most popular Ethiopian web sites (including CyberEthiopia) and several blogs have been blocked across the nation with the apparent objective is to prevent [...]

Ethiopia – Not Free, Not Connected, Not Developped

  Freedom house released its flagship reports on Freedom of the World and Freedom on the Net 2016. The first report on the Freedom of the World shows that the world was battered by crises that fueled xenophobic sentiment in democratic countries, undermined the economies of states dependent on the sale of natural resources, and [...]

Ethiopian Security Re-Arrest Rights Activist, Zone9 Blogger Befeqadu Hailu

Note: Source have indicated that Befeqadu has been accused of ‘negatively referring to the Command Post on the VOA Radio Program‘. “ኮማንድ ፖስቱን (በቪኦኤ) ማጥላላት …” የሚል የፖሊስ ክስ እንደቀረበበት ታውቋል :: ————————————————————— Security member of the command post established to oversee Ethiopia’s six-month State of Emergency have this morning re-arrested human rights activist and blogger [...]

Ethiopia: Asking Ethiopians to Trade Liberty for Security Is a False Choice

OPINION It has been a month of complete shutdown of mobile Internet, data and social media access in Ethiopia. While in the past it has been common practice by the government to block certain websites deemed as enemy of the state, this month’s blanket shutdown of Internet services affecting every cell subscriber is unprecedented. The [...]

Open Letter to Government of Ethiopia

November 4, 2016 Minister of Foreign Affairs Ministry of Foreign Affairs P.O. Box 393 Addis Ababa Ethiopia Re: Human Rights Watch Reporting on Ethiopia Dear Minister, Human Rights Watch notes the October 22, 2016 blog post of Dr. Tedros Adhanom, then minister of foreign affairs, on the Ministry’s website about our recent presentation to the European Parliament’s subcommittee on [...]

Analysis – Why Ethiopia’s freewheeling regime does need a state of emergency?

On October 08, 2016 Ethiopia declared a State of Emergency in which more than half of the constitutionally guaranteed rights were more or less suspended. Ethiopia’s declaration of a State of Emergency (SoE) may shock some in the west. Because, the Ethiopia many portrayed is ‘the oasis of tranquility’, ‘the island of stability’ and ‘Arica’s chief peace exporter’. That was what the [...]

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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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