Ethiopia Denies Banning Internet-Based Services

The government has denied a claim by Reporters Without Borders that the country was endorsing a new law that bans services that offer audio and video related communications over the internet.

Government spokesperson, Shimeles Kemal, said the draft proclamation presented to parliament does not restrict users access to Skype or IP-related internet activities. He says the draft law intends to control the growing number of telecom related offences.

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