17 Jun '12, 11am

15 Years in Jail for Using Skype? Censorship in Ethiopia Worsens | Care2 Causes

15 Years in Jail for Using Skype? Censorship in Ethiopia Worsens | Care2 Causes

The Ethiopian government has instituted a law that bans the use of Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services such as Skype or Google Talk. Violating this law could land you up to 15 years in prison . The East African country’s government has also just installed a block on the Tor network, a service that allows users to browse the Internet anonymously. Reports the BBC: “The Ethiopian government is trying to attack every means of information exchange,” Ambroise Pierre from the Reporters Without Borders Africa service told BBC News. “There’s already a very strict control over written press, and last year several journalists were arrested, and now the government is tackling communications over the internet. “More and more people in Ethiopia are turning to new technologies, and some are even able to bypass censorship, which explains why the government is trying to use effect...

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