Ethiopia among the world’s worst internet censorship offenders – Freedom House

According to Freedom House’s Freedom on the Net 2013 report, Ethiopia is one of the worst offenders of internet censorship in the world and ranks near the bottom along with China, Iran, Cuba and Syria. Freedom on the Net measures the level of internet and digital media freedom in 60 countries. Each country receives a numerical score from 0 (the most free) to 100 (the least free), which serves as the basis for an internet freedom status designation of Free (0-30 points), Partly Free (31-60 points), or Not Free (61-100 points). Ethiopia’s score is 79 which has earned the country a “Not Free” designation.

The 15-page country report details government crackdown on websites run by Ethiopian opposition groups and Diaspora groups, including this website. The report says the Ethiopian government increased its technological capacity to filter, block, and monitor internet and mobile phone communications, with assistance from the Chinese authorities.

The full Freedom House report can be read here

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About Mercy

Mercy is a public health and humanitarian practitioner, strategist and community educator and mobilizer, blogger, HIV/AIDS and Social Justice/Human Rights Activist who is courageously advocating for the Dignity, Health Equity and non-discrimination of all Marginalized and Vulnerable Social Groups by fighting the prevalent HIV, the widespread Homophobia and other forms of socio-economic exclusions/injustice in Ethiopia. He is also the co-founder and director of the pioneer; Rainbow-Ethiopia Health and Human Rights Initiative, the one and only LGBTI Health and Human rights organization in Ethiopia Please feel free to Contact him at: rainbow-ethiopia@mail.com Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Posted on October 8, 2013, in General Ethiopian News, Human Rights and Media in Ethiopia and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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