Ethiopian House Approves Disinformation Prevention Law

House Approves Hate Speech And Disinformation Prevention Law



Addis Ababa, February 13, 2020 (FBC) –Ethiopian parliament today approved a hate speech and disinformation prevention and suppression law.



The law was approved with a majority vote, 23 against and 2 abstentions.



The law is aimed at preventing individuals from engaging in speech that incites violence, promote hatred and discrimination against a person or a group.



It is also aimed at promoting tolerance, civil discourse and dialogue, mutual respect and understanding and strengthening democratic governance.



It is also intended to control and suppress the dissemination and proliferation of hate speech, disinformation and other related false and misleading information.



The law prohibits disseminating hate speech by means of broadcasting, print or social media using text, image, audio or video.