Shift in Ethiopian content policy

Ethiopia had a change of leadership in April 2018 when Abiye Ahmed was sworn in as prime minister after the abrupt resignation of former prime minister, Hailemariam Desalegn. Since taking over, Abiye has taken measures to increase plurality, including the release of political prisoners and peace building with Ethiopia’s neighbour, Eritrea. Regarding Internet policy, the country recently unblocked (link is external) 264 websites and TV channels. The Open Observatory for Network Interference (OONI) which measures Internet connectivity, confirmed (link is external) that previously blocked sites had been unblocked.