GNI Concerned by Internet Shutdown in Ethiopia
The Global Network Initiative is deeply concerned by reports of the Ethiopian government blocking Internet access amid escalating anti-government protests in the Oromia region.
This week’s restrictions follow reports of shutdowns around anti-government demonstrations in August, a mass blocking of social media in July corresponding with exams, and targeted blockings of websites in the lead up to elections in May 2015.
For more on this issue, see the GNI and Telecommunications Industry Dialogue Joint Statement on Network and Service Shutdowns.
ABOUT THE GLOBAL NETWORK INITIATIVE
The Global Network Initiative (GNI) was launched in 2008. Our mission is to protect and advance freedom of expression and privacy rights in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector by setting a global standard for responsible decision making and serving as a multistakeholder voice in the face of government restrictions and demands. GNI members include ICT companies, civil society organizations (including human rights and press freedom groups), academics and academic institutions, and investors from around the world. See the full list of GNI members and observers.