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.
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