Internet blackout in Ethiopia is ended
Internet users in Ethiopia said yesterday the government appeared to have ended a threemonth online blackout, raising hopes of relaxed restrictions after the election of a prime minister who promised reforms. Mobile and broadband internet services shut down in December in many regions outside the capital, which were hit by unrest that threatened the ruling coalition’s hold. Human rights groups accused the government of trying to stop them spreading news online and organising rallies calling for land rights and other freedoms – charges the government denied. Abiy Ahmed, 42, the new prime minister, has promised to address grievances and strengthen political and civil rights.