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Tackling Hate Speech in Ethiopia

Expand Internet café in Lalibela, Amhara Region, Ethiopia. © 2010 Hemis.fr/AFP Photo Hate and dangerous speech is a serious and growing problem in Ethiopia, both online and offline. It has contributed to the growing ethnic tensions and conflicts across the country that have created more than 1.4 million new internally displaced people in the first half of 2018 alone. The government says it will pass a new law on hate speech to counter this. But around the world, laws criminalizing hate speech have been often and easily abused – and there are other options. In the past year, speeches by government…

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