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Kenenisa Bekele and Tirunesh Dibaba take top honours
Written by UK Athletics   
Monday, 31 March 2008

Kenenisa BekeleTirunesh DibabaBeginning in driving rainstorms and ending under blue skies, the 36th IAAF World Cross Country Championships saw some truly world class athletes braving the mud and hills of Holyrood Park.

Thousands of athletics fans lined the course of one the most picturesque cross country settings on the planet to witness some breathtaking action.

True to expectations, Kenenisa Bekele and Tirunesh Dibaba both made impressive world class comebacks as they won the senior titles, in a day where all four seasons were demonstrated in the two hours of world class endurance racing.

See also Bekele claims record sixth title (BBC) 

Freedom at last for Ethiopian anti-poverty campaigners
Written by CIVICUS & GCAP   
Friday, 28 March 2008
Daniel Bekele and Netsanet28 March 2008 – After a long two years and five months in prison, the two Ethiopian anti-poverty campaigners Daniel Bekele and Netsanet Demissie were released from prison this afternoon.

“We are thrilled that Daniel and Netsanet have finally been released from prison. It has been a long wait for them and their families, but finally freedom and justice is theirs. The release is a testament to Daniel and Netsanet’s contributions to human rights and poverty eradication in Ethiopia, Africa and around the world, and is a vindication of civil society efforts to confront injustice.” said Kumi Naidoo, Secretary General of CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation and Co-Chair of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP), speaking from outside Kaliti Prison in Addis Ababa upon their release.

Daniel and Netsanet, both coordinators of GCAP in Ethiopia, were today released following recent negotiations. While they were acquitted on treason related charges in December 2007, they were found guilty on the lesser charge of “provocation and preparing incitement” and sentenced to two and a half years in prison. If they had served the full sentence, they would have been released in early May 2008.

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Ethiopian Government added to the list of Internet Enemies
Written by CyberEthiopia   
Sunday, 16 March 2008
 The press freedom organisation Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF) has announced an updated list of ‘Internet Enemies’ with the addition of two countries - Ethiopia and Zimbabwe.
There are 15 countries in this year’s Reporters Without Borders list of “Internet Enemies” - Belarus, Burma, China, Cuba, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zimbabwe. There were only 13 in 2007. The two new additions to the traditional censors are both to be found in sub-Saharan Africa: Zimbabwe and Ethiopia.

See the First Online Free Expression Day and RSF report on "Ethiopia, enemy of the Internet "
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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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