Winds of freedom for the media

After languishing in the bottom quarter of the World Press Freedom Index for years, Ethiopia is making spectacular progress thanks to a change of government. Since taking office in April 2018, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali has allowed the many detained journalists and bloggers to be released and, for the first time in more than ten years, no media professional was in prison at the end of 2018. The new authorities have also restored access to more than 200 news websites and blogs that had been blocked for years, and Ethiopian TV stations that are based abroad are now able to work freely. A commission has been set up to overhaul repressive legislation, including a 2009 terrorism law that was used to jail journalists, but the much-needed legislative changes have yet to materialize. Frequent Internet cuts have meanwhile made it hard for reporters to cover certain events or communicate with their sources.

in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index



150 in 2018

Global score


50.17 in 2018


  • 0
    journalists killed in 2020
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2020
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2020
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