On February 13, the Ethiopian parliament passed the controversial bill countering hate speech and disinformation in #Ethiopia.
The drafters—the Attorney General (AG) and lawmakers were guided by good faith and incorporated many of our major concerns both at the parliamentary hearing and written submissions. First, the definition of hate speech embraced ‘intent’ element.
I am concerned that the law uses vague terms such as ‘hatred’ though we advised them to draw an inspiration from ‘Camden Principles’ as it defines ‘hatred’ to mean to intense & irrational emotions of opprobrium, enmity & detestation towards the target group.
The Proclamation would have a chilling effect on freedom of expression in Ethiopia. It has a stern criminal provision that includes both imprisonment and severe fines.
see @LaetitiaBader thread here
I hope the government should prepare enabling #Regulation to clarify those vague terms. Also the fine of Social Media Networks is not specified in the Proclamation.