sci-tech Ethiopia restores internet connection, outage roundly rebuked

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Reports and posts by social media users indicate that internet connectivity has been restored across Ethiopia on day four of an unexplained government shutdown.

The internet rights group, NetBlocks, were among the first to report of the outage 
on Tuesday (June 11). The cited a possible reason as an ongoing national exams for which authorities had blocked the internet around the same time in 2016 and 2017.

The said exam started this week and is expected to end next week Tuesday, a journalist in Addis Ababa confirmed to Africanews.

The government and state-run operator, Ethio Telecom, have not commented on the issue officially. An Africanews request for information has also gone unanswered.

On Wednesday, text messaging also suffered an outage as people widely reported of an inability to transmit messages. Despite the return of connectivity, SMS remains inaccessible.

Pro-democracy activists and journalists in the country have meanwhile chastised the government for turning off the internet in a time when reforms are being rolled out by the Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed-led government.

One activist, Atnaf Brhane, observed that the internet had been shut down for four times in the period that Abiy has been in charge, thrice for politico-security reasons plus the current one.

Atnaf Brhane@AtnafB Β· 23h

Four registered internet shutdown in Ethiopia since PM Abiy sworn in on April 02, 2018:#InternetFreedom #KeepItOn #Ethiopia

1. In Sep 17-19, 2018, in Addis Ababa when violence happened in the capital.

2. In August 7 – 11, 2018 in Harar, DireDawa & Somali region, while

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the federal gov enter in the Somali region to remove the president, Abdi Illy

3. In October 11, 2018 in Addis A when soldiers marched to the palace.
4. In june 11, 2019 – up to now: no officials explained the reason, while many believe it is to prevent student from cheating.45:46 PM – Jun 13, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacySee Atnaf Brhane’s other TweetsView image on Twitter

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As digital rights advocates are discussing different issues at #RightsCon in Tunis, #Ethiopia has shut the internet down for a forth day in a row. #KeepItOn118:21 AM – Jun 14, 2019See π”Ήπ•–π•—π•–β„šπ•’π••π•¦ β„€. β„π•’π•šπ•π•¦’s other TweetsTwitter Ads info and privacy

Abel Abate Demissie@Abele_a

Its been days since the internet went down in most parts of Ethiopia. The government kept mum so far & even more bizarre the only telecom provider, the EthioTelecom & the Ministry of Education have claimed no knowledge about it. So much so for the ‘third diplomatic city’ in world289:03 AM – Jun 14, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy26 people are talking about this

Danayit@Danaa__t

Beka you just block the internet and think no one is affected by it ? office work and related businesses in the city ? really ? What about us who should submit things online ? don’t you know there is this called deadline ? com’on now πŸ™ #Ethiopia do something next time PLEASE61:54 PM – Jun 14, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacySee Danayit’s other Tweets

Roman G. Teshome@etege_roman

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Internet shutdown not only violates human rights but also highly affects the economy. Four major shutdowns in just a year is not a good look for the new admin. You can’t promise reform while you’re up to same old tricks. #KeepItOn

P.S. Eth tweeps welcome back; u’ve been missedAtnaf Brhane@AtnafBFour registered internet shutdown in Ethiopia since PM Abiy sworn in on April 02, 2018:#InternetFreedom #KeepItOn #Ethiopia

1. In Sep 17-19, 2018, in Addis Ababa when violence happened in the capital.

2. In August 7 – 11, 2018 in Harar, DireDawa & Somali region, while
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Belay Manaye@Belay_Ma

Internet is back. I don’t know for how long it would stay before it might go again. Government has not given clarification yet. The complete shutdown has affected our work a lot. #Ethiopia171:36 PM – Jun 14, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacySee Belay Manaye’s other Tweets

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I want Lawyers for Human Rights to start strategic litigation by pressing charges against #Ethiopia‘s government for shutting the internet for three days without legal mandate. #KeepItOn #RightsCon2019

CC: @amehamekAtnaf Brhane@AtnafBFour registered internet shutdown in Ethiopia since PM Abiy sworn in on April 02, 2018:#InternetFreedom #KeepItOn #Ethiopia

1. In Sep 17-19, 2018, in Addis Ababa when violence happened in the capital.

2. In August 7 – 11, 2018 in Harar, DireDawa & Somali region, while
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source: africanews