Last week Ethiopia introduced legislation to combat fake news through holding social media sites responsible for content the government deems false.
But like other countries’ attempts to regulate the scourge of disinformation spread online, the bill has prompted free speech concerns.
Following the discussion on the draft proclamation, various public opinions and concerns have been heard from many social media users.
The main objective of this proclamation is to prevent the human right abuse, enable people’s safety and security, promote respect and understanding among people, said Attorney General in a message written in a Facebook page today.
The proclamation is believed to prevent and reduce crimes through spreading hate speech and fake new which affect the democratic system in the nation.
The Bill aims to “prevent the communication of false statements of fact” and “enable measures to be taken to counteract the effects of such communication,” according to the draft.