Old habits die hard: Ethiopia blocks internet in the eastern part of the country, again!

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Amid growing tensions between the national and regional governments in the Somali region of Ethiopia, the national government has resorted to shutting off broadband and mobile internet. The picturesque cities of Harar and Dire Dawa and the whole Somali region of Ethiopia have been without access to the internet for four days, while violence in Eastern Ethiopia has claimed the lives of many civilians.  

The Ethiopian government has a troubling history of implementing internet shutdowns. Until very recently, the whole country did not have mobile internet except in the capital, Addis Ababa. Ethiopia is also one of several countries known to have deployed internet shutdowns during school exams.

Ethiopia’s new prime minister had reiterated his commitment to protect and


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