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Ethiopia ends web blackout, raising hopes of reforms under new PM

Originally published on Reuters – ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Internet users in Ethiopia said on Monday the government appeared to have ended a three-month online blackout, raising hopes of a relaxation of restrictions after the arrival of a new prime minister who promised reforms. Mobile and broadband internet services shut down in December in many [...]

My Personal Letter to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia By Prof. Al Mariam

Our daily deeds as ordinary South Africans must produce an actual South African reality that will reinforce humanity’s belief in justice, strengthen its confidence in the nobility of the human soul and sustain all our hopes for a glorious life for all – never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will [...]

Can Abiy Ahmed Save Ethiopia?

The announcement of a new prime minister has led to widespread celebrations, but reforming the country without alienating the army will not be easy. BY NIZAR MANEK | APRIL 4, 2018, 8:36 AM originally posted on Foreign Policy ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — In 1990, the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) was a guerrilla alliance [...]

ዶክተር አብይ አህመድ ለህዝብ ተወካዮች ምክር ቤት ያደረጉት ሙሉ ንግግር

PDF – ዶክተር አብይ አህመድ ለህዝብ ተወካዮች ምክር ቤት ያደረጉት ሙሉ ንግግር ዶክተር አብይ አህመድ ለህዝብ ተወካዮች ምክር ቤት ያደረጉት ሙሉ ንግግር የተከበሩ አፈ-ጉባዔ የተከበራችሁ የሕዝብ ተወካዮች ም/ቤት አባላት የተከበራችሁ የሀገራችን ሕዝቦች ጥሪ የተደረገላችሁ እንግዶች ክቡራትና ክቡራን! ሀገራችን ኢትዮጵያ በመንግስት አስተዳደር ስርዓቷ ሰላማዊ የስልጣን ሽግግር በምታከናውንበት በዚህ ታሪካዊ ቀን በተከበረው ምክር ቤት ፊት ቀርቤ ይህንን [...]

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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