CARD has hosted a consultation meeting among Ethiopian online content producers on the 14th of December 2019 at the Intercontinental Hotel. The meeting was also attended by representatives from the House of People’s Representatives and Federal Attorney General of Ethiopia.
Mesenbet Assefa (Ph.D.), a professor in Addis Ababa University, has made a presentation on the global context of freedom of expression as well as legitimate restrictions on the freedom of speech. Following the presentation, the participants have raised issues that are concerning them with the draft bill of anti-hate speech and prevention as well as suppression of false information.
Representatives of the House of People’s Representatives and Federal Attorney General promised to reflect on the comments given by the Internet Content Producers over the draft bill. Most of the participants said that they do not trust the motive of the proposed law.