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Ethiopia switches off the Internet

Ethiopia switched off Internet access in the country to prevent the leaking of information about school exams, The Guardian reported, without saying how it got the information.

There has been no outbound traffic since Tuesday, the London-based newspaper reported on its website, citing a transparency report by Google.

Activists posted national papers online last year, demanding a postponement of the exams because of anti-government protests in Oromia state that were going on then, The Guardian reported. University exams were also posted online in July, it said.

Information minister Negeri Lencho couldn’t immediately respond to text messages seeking comment and directed queries to his staff. Deputy government spokesman Zadig Abraha didn’t respond to 11 calls and two text messages seeking comment.

Staff at four hotels in the capital, Addis Ababa, said they’d informed guests that there would be no Internet access until 2 June because of the school exams.  — Reported by Nizar Manek, (c) 2017 Bloomberg LP

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