Human Rights Groups: Ethiopia Blocks Social Media, News Sites

Human Rights Groups: Ethiopia Blocks Social Media, News Sites

By ELIAS MESERET

Human Rights Groups :  Ethiopia Blocks Social Media, News Sites

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (ABC News) — Ethiopia’s government illegally blocked social media and news websites during the months of turmoil that led to the country’s ongoing state of emergency, a new report says.

The report by Amnesty International and the Open Observatory of Network Interference also found “systematic interference” with access to political opposition sites and ones supporting freedom of expression and gay rights.

“This raises serious concerns that overly broad censorship will become institutionalized under the state of emergency,” said Michelle Kagari, an Amnesty International deputy regional director. The report says access to WhatsApp and at least 16 news sites was blocked.

Human rights groups and opposition activists have said hundreds have been killed in waves of anti-government protests that began in November 2015, demanding wider freedoms in one of Africa’s best-performing economies and a close U.S. security ally.

Ethiopia’s government declared a state of emergency in October after dozens were killed in a stampede when police tried to disperse protesters at a religious festival. It set to end in April.

The government dismissed the new report as “one-sided, not credible and baseless.”

“There is no internet blackout in Ethiopia,” deputy spokesman Mohammed Seid told The Associated Press, though internet services have been widely affected since early October. “What we have is a certain obstruction on mobile data services. It will be resolved very soon.”

However, a former government spokesman, Getachew Reda, acknowledged the existence of a blackout and said it will be restored “as soon as it no more threatens the proper implementation of the state of emergency.”

Many in Ethiopia are using virtual private networks, or VPNs, to access social media after mobile data was partially restored 10 days ago.


December 14 at 8:01 AM
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (The Washington Post) — Human rights groups are asking Ethiopia’s government to immediately disclose the whereabouts of a popular local journalist who has been behind bars since October 2014.The Association for Human Rights in Ethiopia and DefendDefenders on Wednesday called it “unacceptable” that the government was unwilling or unable to provide Temesgen Desalegn’s relatives with information after two years of detention.The groups say Temesgen was jailed on “spurious charges.” The journalist is serving a three-year sentence on charges of defamation, incitement and false publication.The public relations head of the Ethiopian Federal Prison Administration, Gizachew Mengiste, tells The Associated Press he has no information about Temesgen’s whereabouts

Ethiopia declared a state of emergency in October amid massive anti-government protests, leading to the arrest of at least two journalists.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑

aussiebirder

Welcome to the appreciation of Australian birds and the love of birdwatching, sharing bird sightings, photographs, personal experiences and helpful information.

Ethiopian Think Thank Group

ዕውቀት ነፃ ያወጣል!

ኢትዮአዲስስፖርት | Ethioaddissport

የሃገር ውስጥና የውጭ ሃገራት የስፖርት ድረገፅ

SOMA HELSINKI

digitaalinen markkinointi | sisältömarkkinointi

LeoS2go

Tehostaa liiketoimintaprosesseja

Kennel Miklaus

Tavoitteeni ovat ennen kaikkea luonteessa ja terveydessä

Siifsiin

Bringing Afaan Oromo literature

wanofitioromia

https://wanofitioromia.com

OROMIYAANWANOFITIABBAATUUEGATAA

https://WWW.OROMIYAANWANOFITIABBAATUUEGATAA.COM

Islamicdawa

Baga nagaan dhuftan! hunda dura galanni daangaa hin qabne Rabbiif hata'u.

OROMO TECH

ORO CYBER WIKI

Jemal Ahmed

Oromo nationalist

Upvoted

The official Reddit blog

Jetpack for WordPress

Professional WordPress Sites

KGS TV TALEFISHANKA KOONFUR GALBEED SOMALIA

Waa tvga dowlada koonfur galbeeed somalia

aussiebirder

Welcome to the appreciation of Australian birds and the love of birdwatching, sharing bird sightings, photographs, personal experiences and helpful information.

Ethiopian Think Thank Group

ዕውቀት ነፃ ያወጣል!

ኢትዮአዲስስፖርት | Ethioaddissport

የሃገር ውስጥና የውጭ ሃገራት የስፖርት ድረገፅ

SOMA HELSINKI

digitaalinen markkinointi | sisältömarkkinointi

LeoS2go

Tehostaa liiketoimintaprosesseja

Kennel Miklaus

Tavoitteeni ovat ennen kaikkea luonteessa ja terveydessä

Siifsiin

Bringing Afaan Oromo literature

wanofitioromia

https://wanofitioromia.com

OROMIYAANWANOFITIABBAATUUEGATAA

https://WWW.OROMIYAANWANOFITIABBAATUUEGATAA.COM

Islamicdawa

Baga nagaan dhuftan! hunda dura galanni daangaa hin qabne Rabbiif hata'u.

OROMO TECH

ORO CYBER WIKI

Jemal Ahmed

Oromo nationalist

Upvoted

The official Reddit blog

Jetpack for WordPress

Professional WordPress Sites

KGS TV TALEFISHANKA KOONFUR GALBEED SOMALIA

Waa tvga dowlada koonfur galbeeed somalia

%d bloggers like this: