Stories about Ethiopia

How the murder of musician Hachalu Hundessa incited violence in Ethiopia: Part II

Within an hour of musician Hachalu Hundessa’s assassination, Ethiopians netizens hit social media with scattershot conspiracy theories, hate speech & disinformation campaigns — particularly on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

How the murder of musician Hachalu Hundessa incited violence in Ethiopia: Part I

In the wake of musician Hachalu Hundessa's murder, Ethiopia has struggled to come to terms with the violence and turmoil that erupted along ethnic and religious faultlines.

How identity-driven conflicts fuel Ethiopia's incendiary social media rhetoric

Unity Park aimed to tell the story of all Ethiopians and celebrate the country’s diversity. But social media revealed politicized, nationalistic reactions along ethnic lines: Amhara and Oromo.

Refugees in Ethiopia's camps raise privacy and exclusion concerns over UNHCR’s new digital registration

Biometric registration enables refugees to secure a digital ID that gives them access to aid. Their use has raised serious concerns about privacy and exclusion among refugees in Ethiopia.

Ethiopia: Stop hate speech, not free speech

Ethiopia's new hate speech bill aims to "tackle the erosion of the nation’s social cohesion, political stability and national unity." But digital rights advocates say it threatens democracy.

In Ethiopia’s disinformation epidemic, the crumbling ruling coalition is the elephant in the room

As acts of communal violence that took place in Oromia in October subsided, a new battle began online over interpretations of the violence — and who was to blame.

How Ethiopia's ruling coalition created a playbook for disinformation

Manipulation tactics used by Ethiopia's ruling coalition members against each other in their internal power struggle serve as a blueprint for opposition groups to attack their opponents and the government.

Months after pledge to open internet, Ethiopia disrupts connectivity amidst communal violence, tension

Ethiopian authorities have resorted to shutting down entire networks in response to recent ethnic and political tensions. A lack of transparency makes it impossible to challenge.

In Ethiopia, disinformation spreads through Facebook live as political tensions rise

Online conspiracy theories, political rants and rumors laced with communal hatred are now common genres in Ethiopian social media.

Netizen Report: Conflict triggers internet shutdowns in Mauritania, Myanmar and Ethiopia (again)

Struggles for political power in Myanmar, Mauritania and Ethiopia led to widespread shutdowns of internet services this week.

Netizen Report: Lawyers seek court challenge against Ethio Telecom over internet shutdown

Pakistani bloggers face threats for online speech, Algeria shuts down social media and Indonesian police say they’re "cyber patrolling" WhatsApp.

Taxed, throttled or thrown in jail: Africa’s new internet paradigm

Across the continent, the legal and economic costs of speaking up are rising.

Why are African governments criminalising online speech? Because they fear its power.

The noise we make on digital platforms scares oppressive regimes. In some cases, it can even force them to rescind their actions.

Netizen Report: Authorities shut down mobile internet in Ethiopia’s capital, as ethnic and political conflict persist

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

What's happened to digital rights over the past seven years? 300 editions of the Netizen Report will tell you

This week, we're looking back at seven years of covering global digital rights news in celebration of our 300th edition!

Netizen Report: Ethiopia Arrests Leading Journalists and Activists in ‘State of Emergency’

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

Leaked Documents Show That Ethiopia’s Ruling Elites Are Hiring Social Media Trolls (And Watching Porn)

The leaks include a list of individuals who appear to have been paid to promote the ruling coalition on social media.

What Happens at Maekelawi? Tales of Torture from an Ethiopian Detention Center Slated for Closure

"It turns out that the anguish of Ethiopian prisoners, something that appeared to be so distant in memory, is not that far off after all."

Ethiopia's Music of Resistance Stays Strong, Despite Repression

Amid wide-scale protests and a violent government crackdown, Afan Oromo musicians have begun to rise as a visible — and audible — driving inspiration for the opposition movement.

Ethiopian Musicians Charged With Terrorism for ‘Inciting’ Song Lyrics

In the face of government repression, Afan Oromo musicians have risen as a visible -- and audible -- source of inspiration for the opposition movement.

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