Cyber Ethiopia

Information controls in Ethiopia

ONIIn its updated report on Information controls in Ethiopia, the OpenNet Initiative states that Ethiopia remains a highly restrictive environment in which to express political dissent online. The government of Ethiopia has long filtered critical and oppositional political content, ONI reports. Anti-terrorism legislation is frequently used to target online speech, including in the recent conviction of a dozen individuals, many of whom were tried based on their online writings. OpenNet Initiative (ONI) testing conducted in Ethiopia in September 2012 found that online political and news content continues to be blocked, including the blogs and websites of a number of recently convicted individuals.

Most URLs found blocked belonged to ONI’s ‘political’ category, including independent media and critical political blogs. The blocked content includes online portals Cyber Ethiopia (, diaspora media such as Toronto-based TZTA Ethiopia Newspaper (, and other critical political organizations, including the website of the Solidarity Committee for Ethiopian Political Prisoners (

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Warka ዋርካ
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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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