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Monday, 18 June 2012

Ethiopia bans Skype

Operators should be aware that a new law in Ethiopia has criminalised the use of VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) services such as Skype.  The law was passed May 24th. Katia Moskvitch BBC News Technology reporter filed a report on June 15th warning  that users face up to 15 years in jail if they use Skype or similar internet call services.

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 effective methods to control internet communications."

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