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Ethiopia passes law on hate speech and fake news

February 14, 2020 6:09 am
Ethiopian men read newspapers and drink coffee at a cafe during a declared state of emergency and internet shurdown in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. [Source: AP]

Ethiopia’s parliament has passed a controversial law aimed at curbing hate speech and disinformation on mainstream and social media.

Critics said the law could be used to suppress dissent ahead of a general election later this year.

It will be the first poll in Ethiopia since Nobel Peace Prize winner and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed took office in 2018.

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He introduced sweeping reforms and promised free and fair elections.

But the authorities said the law was necessary to deal with a surge in violence recently witnessed across the country.

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