harassment. At least 22 journalists and bloggers were charged under criminal and anti-terrorism laws for doing their jobs, and approximately 30 more fled Ethiopia. The few international broadcasters that provide programmes for Ethiopia, like the German Deutsche Welle, play a vital role.
While traditional media remain the principal object of the government’s crackdown, new technology and social media have also been targeted. A new generation of politically engaged citizens is emerging in Ethiopia, anxious to use the internet to debate ideas and contribute to the democratic evolution of their country.