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Ethiopia takes Africa film honour
Written by BBC   
Sunday, 08 March 2009

Haile Gerima An Ethiopian film about the regime of the country's former dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam has won the chief prize at Africa's main movie awards ceremony.

Teza was the unanimous winner of the Golden Stallion of Yennenga at the event in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Director Haile Gerima's award was accepted by his sister Selome, who also co-produced the film.

The silver award went to South African film Nothing But The Truth, and Algerian comedy Mascarades was third.

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March 02, 2009 Worldwide Rallies
Written by CyberEthiopia   
Wednesday, 04 March 2009
2nd March 2009 - Demonstration in Bern (Photo Mistre Haile Selassie) Ethiopians in Switzerland rallied in Bern as part of the worldwide protests held on 2nd March for Freedom and Justice in Ethiopia
 
They called for the immediate release of Birtukan Midekssa, Artist Teddy Afro and all the political prisoners in Ethiopia (See pictures from Bern)

AbbayMedia has a reportage from Washington DC (USA), London (UK), Munich (Germany), Melbourne (Australia), Bern (Switzerland) and Sweden including audio and videos.
 
2008 Human Rights Reports: Ethiopia
Written by CyberEthiopia   
Sunday, 01 March 2009

US Department of StateIn its Human Rights report on Ethiopia, the United States Department of State lists Human rights abuses reported during the year 2008.

The number of political prisoners and detainees during the year estimated to be in the hundreds, says the report and mentions the sentence of the popular singer known as Teddy Afro (Tewodros Kassahun) to six years in prison. The report also recalled the rearrest of Unity for Democracy and Justice Party's president Birtukan Mideksa for accurately telling European media organizations that she had not requested from the government a pardon. Numerous reports of unlawful detention of opposition candidates and their supporters, mostly in the months before April's local and by-elections are also reported. In July and August 2007, the government pardoned 71 individuals arrested following demonstrations in 2005. The pardons permitted the defendants' future political participation, but in practice the government continued to limit that right.

The government continued restricting access to the Internet and blocking opposition Web sites, including the sites of the OLF, ONLF, Ginbot 7, and several news blogs and sites, such as the Ethiopian Review, CyberEthiopia.com, Quatero Amharic Magazine, Tensae Ethiopia, and the Ethiopian Media Forum.

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First Prize of 2005 AISI Award

First Prize of the African Information Society Initiative - 2005
CyberEthiopia was awarded the First Prize of the 2005 Africa Information Society Media Awards (AISI) introduced in 2003 to encourage more informed coverage of the Information Society and the Information Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D).

Political Internet Censorship

Political Internet Filtering in Ethiopia
Ethiopia is the only country in sub-Saharan Africa to actively engage in political censorship of the Internet. Since May 2006, the top five most popular Ethiopian web sites (including CyberEthiopia) and several blogs have been blocked across the nation. The apparent objective is to prevent the dissemination of information that is critical of the regime.
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