Ethiopian The rise of economy in Addis Since then, there has been marked progress in press freedom because of the authorities’ decision to loosen their stranglehold on media operations. In July 2018, the Open Observatory of Network Interference confirmed 264 previously blocked websites had become accessible, including diaspora media outlets.
Since April 2018, at least eight new privately-owned newspapers and magazines have been established, compared to only four before then. There has also been a radical and bold shift in coverage of previously off-limit topics like politics and human rights. Reporters without Borders in their World Press Freedom Index 2019 say Ethiopia, ranked 110 out of 180 countries surveyed in 2018, has climbed 40 places.
Over the past decade, one of the government’s key tools for silencing journalists has been the vaguely worded Anti-Terrorism Proclamation (2009), through which trumped-up charges were regularly brought against journalists and bloggers.
Amnesty International has recorded five journalists accused and convicted under the auspices of this Proclamation. Eskinder Nega, designated an Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience was arrested in 2011 after publishing an article, on the EthioMedia website, that criticized the misuse of the very Proclamation to stifle independent journalism and political dissent. economy