Posted: 09 Apr 2010"With national elections in Ethiopia fast approaching, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi appears intent on controlling both the medium and the message. Reports of the harassment of opposition political figures and interfering with international media broadcasts into the country undermine the image of his government, and if the polling is to be credible, it must be an open process. Following the jamming of the Voice of America's radio broadcasts in Ethiopia's dominant Amharic language for the last four weeks, the government there appears to now have turned its attention to VOA's Internet service in the East African nation. Numerous reports have been received that VOA's website is unavailable inside Ethiopia, where individuals both inside and out of Africa often turn when they cannot get a radio signal." Editorial "reflecting the views of the United States government," Voice of America, undated (but Google says 7 April 2010). I think it's the other way around: people turn to the radio if they can't get, or don't have access to, the internet. See previous undated VOA editorial on the subject and previous post about Ethiopian jamming.
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