Regulating problematic online content has become a pressing issue around the world. The ease and speed with which harmful and dangerous content is disseminated and accessed via social media particularly reinforces this challenge. Many countries have or are considering some form of legislation to regulate problematic online content, be it hate speech, fake news, or extremist and terrorist content. Like many other nations, Ethiopia is grappling with the serious and growing problem of hate speech and misinformation.
On 6 April, the Ethiopian government released a draft of a piece of criminal legislation aimed at tackling the ever-increasing problem of hate speech and disinformation in the country. This piece seeks to highlight the substantive, procedural, institutional, and practical shortcomings of the proposed law.
The full article is available at LSE Media Policy Project