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Internet Freedom in Ethiopia the Fourth Worst in the World

According to a new index released by Freedom House, Ethiopia’s internet is the least free in the world and the worst in Africa, in terms of access to the internet, censorship, and freedom of information.

It ranked the worst of any country in Africa.

By Lily Kuo | for Quartz Africa,

Ethiopia’s internet is among the least free in the world. According to a new index released by the nonprofit Freedom House, Ethiopia ranked ahead of only Iran, Syria, and China, out of 65 countries in terms of access to the internet, censorship, and freedom of information. It ranked the worst of any country in Africa.

Anti-government protests have gripped the country over the last year, gaining extra global attention when Ethiopian marathoner Feyisa Lilesa held his hands up, crossed at the wrist– an anti-government gesture used by protesters– at the Olympics. In response, Ethiopian authorities have intermittently shut down mobile phone and internet connections. They have also blocked social media like Facebook, WhatsApp, and Twitter. Continue reading Internet Freedom in Ethiopia the Fourth Worst in the World

Ethiopia’s Internet Freedom Status Remains ‘Not Free’

WORST IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA. Ethiopian government imposes nationwide internet blockage to put over a hundred websites inaccessible in the country. It also recruit, train and employs commentators and trolls to manipulate online news, views and attack any politically objectionable content.

By Freedom House,

ETHIOPIA continues to have one of the lowest rates of internet and mobile phone connectivity in the world, as meager infrastructure, government monopoly over the telecommunications sector, and obstructive telecom policies have significantly hindered the growth of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the country.

Coupled with highly repressive laws and tactics aimed at restricting freedom of expression and access to information, internet freedom in Ethiopia is consistently rated the worst in sub-Saharan Africa and among the worst in the world. Continue reading Ethiopia’s Internet Freedom Status Remains ‘Not Free’