Ethiopia's council of ministers enacts new Media Proclamation law

Published on 12.12.2020 at 11h21 by APA News

The government said disinformation and hate speech or “fake news” is posing a national threat to the country, and inflaming racial conflicts in several parts of Ethiopia.

Last februray the national parliament approves a new law that defines hate speech as rhetoric that fuels discrimination “against individuals or groups based on their nationality, ethnic and religious affiliation, sex or disabilities”.

The law permits fines of up to 100,000 Ethiopian birr ($3,100) and imprisonment for up to five years for anyone who shares or creates social media posts that are deemed to result in violence or disturbance of public order.

International rights groups said the law creates a legal means for the government to muzzle opponents.

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