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Endalk

I am a lecturer at Arba Minch University.My areas of research interest are new media theory, video games and the whole concept of media. I wish and love to see a reasonably high standard of freedom of the press in Ethiopia. I write mainly on issues of the new/old media and their impact on Ethiopian politics,education and other social issues.

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Latest posts by Endalk

14 November 2016

Ethiopian Authorities Arrest Zone9 Blogger Befeqadu Hailu Citing ‘State of Emergency’

Global Voices Advocacy

Hailu was told that his arrest was prompted by the interview he gave for Voice of America's Amharic Service about Ethiopia's state of emergency.

6 November 2016

Ethiopia's Candidate to Lead the World Health Organization Contracts Foot-in-Mouth Disease

Ethiopia's candidate for Director-General of World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom, shocked many observers when he displayed a complete lack of knowledge about global health strategies during a recent forum.

29 October 2016

Ethiopia's Regime Faces Precarious Times as Diaspora Plans for the Future

As protests gradually eat away at Ethiopia’s basic political and economic structures, the regime appears to be unsteady like never before.

11 October 2016

Ethiopian Authorities Shut Down Mobile Internet and Major Social Media Sites

Global Voices Advocacy

Those close to the situation fear this may be the beginning of a dangerous new phase after 12 months of protests.

5 October 2016

As Violence Escalates in Ethiopia, Zone9 and Other Prominent Bloggers Face New Legal Threats

Global Voices Advocacy

Seyoum Teshome, a prominent member of the embattled community of Ethiopian online writers was arrested last Friday. Meanwhile, the Zone9 bloggers are scheduled to return to court on October 21.

4 October 2016

Ethiopian Authorities Send a Chilling Message to the Oromo People With Deadly Holiday Crackdown

The violence has shaken Ethiopia, as it appears to be the first assault by security forces on a major cultural and religious ritual of the Oromo people.

10 August 2016

Ethiopian Authorities Killed 100 Protesters Over the Weekend

"I urge activists to focus on constructively helping the ongoing struggle aiming at creating free and fair Ethiopia that we are going to have sooner."

14 July 2016

Ethiopia Locks Down Digital Communications in Wake of #OromoProtests

Global Voices Advocacy

#OromoProtests content on social media has triggered many attempts by the government to limit digital traffic and block telecom services in Oromia.

11 January 2016

Mapping the Deaths of Protesters in Ethiopia

When the Ethiopian government says that only five protesters have died in the recent violence, don't believe it.

6 January 2016

Ethiopia Protest Videos Show State Brutality, Despite Tech Barriers

Global Voices Advocacy

Since student protests erupted in Ethiopia last November, mobile phone videos have offered a glimpse of the government's deadly crackdown on demonstrators.

5 January 2016

Inside Ethiopia's Self-Defeating Crackdown on Oromo Musicians

As government threatens and arrests Oromo artists while booting them off the airwaves, growing numbers are turning to the internet as their only avenue for self-expression.

29 December 2015

Ethiopia Censors Satellite TV Channels as Student Protests Draw Global Media Attention

Global Voices Advocacy

"If the regime thinks it can cut our audience off from receiving OMN news and programs, they are too dumb to understand what we are made of."

9 December 2015

Why Are Students in Ethiopia Protesting Against a Capital City Expansion Plan?

"Going forward with the current plan, which ends up displacing tens of thousands of poor farmers, destroying their livelihood and depriving their identity, is a tragedy. It deserves attention."

16 October 2015

Ethiopia's Zone9 Bloggers Acquitted of Terror Charges

Global Voices Advocacy

Many supporters on Twitter put words like "acquittal", "court" and "judiciary" in quotation marks to emphasize the degree to which the case exposed Ethiopia's failed judicial system.

5 September 2015

Inside the Trial of Zone9 Bloggers: 16 Months and Counting

Global Voices Advocacy

The Zone9 bloggers' trial continues, with relatives prevented from documenting the proceedings, and frequent adjournments in court obstructing the progress of justice. Read Endalk Chala's latest report.

17 August 2015

Ethiopia's Zone9 Bloggers Head Back to Court After 15 Months Behind Bars

Global Voices Advocacy

The Zone9ers' trial has been postponed 33 times, for reasons ranging from the banal to the bizarre. They may finally learn their fate this Wednesday, at their next court date.

17 July 2015

What You Need to Know About Ethiopia v. Zone9 Bloggers: Verdict Expected July 20

Global Voices Advocacy

Ethiopia's Zone9 bloggers have appeared in court 30 times in 15 months, and been adjourned each time. "This is no anomaly in Ethiopia’s highly compromised judiciary system," says Endalk Chala.

7 July 2015

Edom Kassaye: An Ethiopian Journalist Jailed for Her Integrity

Global Voices Advocacy

"I believe it was Edom’s willingness to bring about change in Ethiopia’s polarized political environment that suggested an affinity between her and the Zone9 blogging collective. We shared common principles."

3 July 2015

Thousands of Ethiopian Americans Gather to Celebrate Being Ethiopian Around Washington DC

Every summer, Ethiopia’s diaspora community in the US and Canada meet for the largest Ethiopian sports and cultural festival hosted outside of Ethiopia.

29 May 2015

Tagline of Zelalem Kiberet’s Blog: ‘Let Freedom Ring’

Global Voices Advocacy

Because of his wit, humorous writings and uncompromising digs on religion, his friends nicknamed Zelalem after the imminent French writer, Zola.

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