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  • Seifu Fantahun apeared before federal first instance court

     

     According to different sources one of the best known late night show presenters in EBS TV and Tadias Addis radio program host is arrested in connection to his colleagues incorrect information/report about Tewodros Teshome film in their arts discussion on Sheger FM 102.1 Radio. DireTube has also disclosed that he has been released today at 2:00 PM on 50,000.00 Birr bail and ordered to reappear before court on July 12, 2016.

     

    Source: diretube.com

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  • Massive Gondar demonstration

     

     A massive but peaceful demonstration has been carried out in Gondar city on Sunday July 31, 2016 without the legitimate permission from either of the Amhara National Regional State or Gondar City Administration.

    The regional states communications office director Mr. Nigusu Tilahun has announced that the demonstration was conducted without any legal request and without responsibility from anybody exercising their constitutional rights in addressing governance problems.

    However, the demonstration has been conducted peacefully without any security concerns.

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  • 10th and 12th grade exam results leak rumors not true

     

    The Ministry of Education has announced results of the 10th and 12th grade national exam to is going to be released in mid August.

    The Ethiopian National Organization for Examination (NOE) has announced that rumors of the release of national exam results in different social media is false.

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  • Ethiopia’s Internet crackdown hurts everyone

    Ethiopia has never been an easy place to operate. But a six-month state of emergency, combined with internet and travel restrictions imposed in response to a wave of anti-government protests, means it just got a whole lot harder.

    The government has targeted the mobile data connections that the majority of Ethiopians use to get online. Internet users have also been unable to access Facebook Messenger and Twitter, with a host of other services also rendered unreliable. 

    This has impacted everyone: from local businesses, to foreign embassies, to families, as well as the extensive and vital international aid community.

    “Non-governmental organisations play crucial roles in developing countries, often with country offices in the capitals, satellite offices across remote regions, and parent organisations in foreign countries,” said Moses Karanja, an internet policy researcher at Strathmore University in Nairobi.  “They need access to the internet if their operations are to be efficiently coordinated.”

    The Ethiopian government has been candid about the restrictions being in response to year-long anti-government protests in which hundreds of people have died.

    It has singled out social media as a key factor in driving unrest. Since the beginning of October, there has been a spike in violence resulting in millions of dollars’ worth of damage to foreign-owned factories, government buildings and tourist lodges across Oromia Region, initially ground zero for the dissent.

    “Mobile data will be permitted once the government assesses that it won’t threaten the implementation of the state of emergency,” government spokesman Getachew Reda – who has since been replaced – told a 26 October press conference in Addis Ababa.

     

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