Dr. Endalkachew Chala is an assistant professor of Communication Studies who has written on the intersection of technology, international communication and storytelling. His early scholarly work includes Play Station Video Games amongst Ethiopian Children: Digital Playing: An Investigation into Popularity of Play Station Video Games amongst Ethiopian Children in Addis Ababa. In addition to his research about digital media, Dr. Chala is a scholar who specializes in non-profit public relations and the way social movements framed in media. While his geographical area of expertise is Horn of Africa with primary focus on Ethiopia, he also looks at, weaves in, and analyzes political, technological and economic connections highlighting the longstanding connection of Ethiopia to other countries in Africa as well as to Ethiopian diaspora.
Latest posts by Endalkachew Chala from June, 2012
"Well we Ethiopians have never had dragons in our mythology and folklore like Chinese but so far there has been attempt by Ethiopians to bring on dragons to our culture in the most nauseating manner – internet censorship," writes Endalk in his analysis of the controversial bill which criminalizes the use of internet services such as Skype and Google Talk.
A video showing Ethiopian Prime Minster Meles Zenawi being heckled at the 2012 G8 Food Security Symposium has sparked a debate about the role of journalists in authoritarian regimes. Ethiopian activist and journalist Abebe Gellaw is seen in the video shouting “Freedom, Freedom, Meles Zenawi is a dictator, you are committing crime against humanity.”
Land activists are using online petitions, Facebook and Twitter to campaign against land grabbing in Ethiopia. It is reported that villagers in Gambella province are forced to settle in state-designated villages to pave way for land grabbers. Gambella is the poorest region in Ethiopia.