4.6 C
New York
Sunday, October 1, 2023

Ethiopia Blocks Social Media Amid Orthodox Church Tensions


Share post:

Widespread tensions arising from divisions within the Orthodox Christian Church in Ethiopia have seen access to social media platforms including TikTok, Facebook and Telegram blocked.

The church, which recently denounced a splinter group in the country’s largest region as “illegitimate,” accused the Ethiopian government of interfering in its affairs. 

It threatened to continue Sunday’s demonstration despite the government’s warning.


The split within the church followed by more than 110 million people in Ethiopia came after church members in Oromia on April 22. The church communicated with many church officials involved in the split.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed urged church members to settle their differences and said the government would not interfere. 

However, many church supporters accuse the ethnic Oromo and Protestant prime minister of undermining the church and siding with the breakaway synod.

Also, read; Amazon Studios Releases Trailer for Movie ‘AIR’ Detailing Nike’s Pursuit of Michael Jordan

On Friday, the church said talks were ongoing between Abiy and the church’s patriarch over the controversy that has engulfed many parts of the country.

Internet watchdog NetBlocks confirmed that social media platforms were “restricted in Ethiopia amid anti-government protests” on Thursday night.

Earlier in the week, dozens of cities and towns, mainly in Oromia and around the capital Addis Ababa, witnessed sometimes violent demonstrations.

Ethiopia Blocks Social Media Amid Orthodox Church Tensions
FILE – Christians from the Ethiopian Orthodox church celebrate the first day of the festival of Timkat, or Epiphany, in the capital Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Jan. 18, 2022. Widespread tensions caused by a rift within Ethiopia’s Orthodox Christian church have resulted in the suspension of access to social media platforms including TikTok, Facebook and Telegram on Friday, Feb. 10, 2023. (AP Photo, File)

The government-appointed Ethiopian Human Rights Commission said Friday that at least eight people were killed by security forces in Shahman, in the Oromia region, on Saturday. She said many people were arrested.

In a statement on Thursday, the government accused unidentified groups of working to “destabilize the government using armed force”.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Get Our Stories First

- Advertisement -

Related articles

Deadly Suicide Bomb Blast at Tea Shop Claims Lives of Seven in Somalia

Deadly Suicide Blast Targets Tea Shop in Somalia's Capital, Leaving at Least Seven Dead

Culture Shock Abidjan Expo: Showcasing African Art and the Digital Revolution

Culture Shock welcomes the public to experience its wonders until October 15, 2023.

French Military Presence in Niger to Cease as France Recalls Ambassador

Following the coup, military cooperation between France and Niger had been suspended