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Ethiopia: Bill Threatens Free Expression

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Expand A man scrolls down his cell phone for social media newsfeed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia October 11, 2019. © 2019 REUTERS/Maheder Haileselassie (Nairobi, December 20, 2019) – Ethiopian lawmakers should significantly revise the draft law on hate speech and disinformation currently before parliament, Human Rights Watch said today. If approved, the Hate Speech and Disinformation Prevention and Suppression Proclamation could significantly curtail freedom of expression.   Since mid-2018, Ethiopia has experienced serious communal violence that may have been provoked or exacerbated by online speech that…

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