Ethiopian Government Bans VoIP Services Like Skype, Punishment Of Up To 15 Years In Prison

Posted on Jun 15 2012 - 9:02am by Editorial Staff

Censorship – one or other way is not untouched by any of us or around us and the latest to add in the same category is straight from Ethiopia as the country’s government banned Skype and other VoIP services in the country, Al Jazeera reports. Furthermore, if anyone found using the VoIP service, would be punishable by up to 15 years in prison. The law was actually passed last month, but was not able to pick pace and remains unnoticed. The country’s authorities argued that the ban imposed because of national security concerns and to protect the state’s telecommunications monopoly, although the country is having only one ISP, Ethio Telecom, which has been filtering its country users’ web access from quite some time now.

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