Hate Speech Proclamation Can Threaten Freedom of Expression: David KayeBy Staff ReporterDecember 9, 2019 (Ezega.com) – At the invitation of the Ethiopian government, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye concluded the first mission to Ethiopia by a mandate-holder of the United Nations (UN) Special Procedures. The special Reporter also had the opportunity to discuss with numerous civil society organizations representatives, journalists, lawyers, and academics, among others. However, the Special Rapporteur also reflected his concern over the oft-noted fragility of the current moment which is threatened by violence and discord. The Special Rapporteur also criticized how the Ethiopian Government continues to deploy the much-despised Anti-Terrorism Proclamation (ATP) even as its effort to repeal and replace it seems stalled in Parliament. The draft law on ‘Hate Speech and Disinformation Proclamation,’ however, could threaten freedom of expression.
Source: Ethiopian News December 10, 2019 03:45 UTC