Skype & Google Talk Use Carries 15 Year Jail Sentence

Amidst already strict internet policies, Ethiopia’s government recently chose to criminalize the use of VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) services.  The implement of this ban covers services like Skype and Google Talk, citing a 15 year jail sentence should citizens choose to ignore the legislation.  While the reasoning behind these new laws are said to be a concern for national security and the protection of the state’s only telecommunication service, citizens and outsiders alike can’t help but speculate it serves to further limit the free flow of information to the state.

 

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