Ethiopia

87 million people
370 USD GNI (PPP)
Internet:
Not Free
Press:
Not Free
Not Free

News & Updates

In response to the brief re-convening of the trial of seven bloggers and three journalists in Addis Ababa on October 15, Freedom House issued the following statement:
Issues: 
Human Rights Defense, Media Freedom
Regions: 
Sub-Saharan Africa

Ethiopia's government should never have charged the bloggers and journalists with any crime and certainly not terrorism, since journalism and advocating freedom of speech are certainly not crimes.

Issues: 
Civil Society, Democratic Governance, Freedom of Expression, Human Rights Defense, Media Freedom, Rule of Law
Regions: 
Sub-Saharan Africa
Kate Byom
Senior Program Associate, Africa

In a departure from the overt violence and election rigging of the past, many authoritarian leaders now prefer to quietly manipulate the legal framework, silencing dissent and limiting civil liberties to ensure that they remain in power.

The terrorism charges against the bloggers and journalists represent Ethiopia's latest affront to freedom of expression and assembly.

Issues: 
Civil Society, Democratic Governance, Freedom of Expression, Human Rights Defense, Media Freedom, Rule of Law
Regions: 
Sub-Saharan Africa

Experts

Signature Reports

Special Reports

Freedom in Sub-Saharan Africa 2007

Freedom House released an analysis of democracy in sub-Saharan Africa showing that the region has experienced notable increases in freedom over the past generation, although more setbacks than gains were seen in 2006.

Issues: 
Democratic Governance
Regions: 
Sub-Saharan Africa

Programs

Freedom House has been providing training, technical assistance and moral support to help build credible and independent human rights institutions.