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Making a Skype call in Ethiopia comes with jail time

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 16 Jun 2012 17:17 User comments (9)

Making a Skype call in Ethiopia comes with jail time Thanks to new legislation passed by the government, using Skype in Ethiopia can come with a 15-year jail sentence.
The legislation actually criminalizes the use of VoIP in the country, and that includes notable services like Skype and Google Voice.

In the nation, all citizen's communications are monitored by authorities, but VoIP was the exception.

Ethio Teleco is the only communications infrastructure in the country, and it is run by the government. The new legislation also bans video chatting, social media, e-mail, and "any other data transfer service capable of communicating information."

Finally, the new law also "gives the government the right to inspect any imported voice communication equipment as well as the power to ban any inbound packages that don't have prior permission from the state," says VB.

Long story short, using the Internet to make phone calls can get you 15 years in jail and a large fine. Using VPN and Tor may not work either, as the government has installed a system to block access to such services.

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9 user comments

116.6.2012 18:37

they must be on the verge of attracting the amish population.

216.6.2012 21:45

Time to visit Ethiopia and test this new law

316.6.2012 21:56

less then 1% of Ethiopia will be affected. Only if they could feed their people instead.



416.6.2012 22:53

Are they paranoid about a revolution? They should be laws like this.

517.6.2012 0:17

With all the MAFIA crying about piracy and lobbying the sleazy politicians, not long before we get a taste of same kind of freedom...or lack of it.

617.6.2012 5:56

The Ethiopian government is the worst dictatorial regime in East Africa, the government did worst things than blocking Skype but as far as Meles Zenawi is a friend of America its okay let him terrorized his own people what unfair world we are living??? http://ecadforum.com

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717.6.2012 23:28

Well I guess I can scratch Ethiopia from my bucket list.


20 Year U.S.Army Veteran.Vietnam 1969-1972 101st Abn.Div.

83.7.2012 9:01

Originally posted by JST1946:
Well I guess I can scratch Ethiopia from my bucket list.
they would just steal your bucket

93.7.2012 13:28

Yeah I'm glad you reminded me.Thanks a lot.


20 Year U.S.Army Veteran.Vietnam 1969-1972 101st Abn.Div.

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