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The Ethiopian government has refuted reports that anyone caught using Skype in the country will go to jail. It insists the claims publicised by western media are completely groundless. Earlier this month, it was widely reported that a new Ethiopian law prohibited the use of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services, with …

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Presumably because there is already Government informing snooping kit of some sort on Ethio Telecom?

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No jail

But they will get 101 lashes with a whip because it is unEthiopian!

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That's just being paranoid - the Ethiopian government don't care about what you say to your mum at the weekend, they only care about making money off their suckers^H^H^H customers and jailing the competition^H^H^H criminals.

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No we will not

jail not jail them,

But the will get 100 lashes with the whip!

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A few pixels can make a big difference.

Do they mean

So you should not worry you will be held accountable.

Or

So you should not worry, you will be held accountable.

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Just a minute ...

Apparently the law was put in place to "regulate cyber-related crimes and telecom-related frauds"

I thought that a sensible government would want to eradicate them, not regulate them...... ? Oh wait... it's a government.... yes, i understand now. (Thinks - UK- banking)

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Sooo....

They're not jailing Skype users, they're just jailing those nasty criminals and "frauds" who try to circumvent the government's telco monopoly in order to jeapordise the "security" of the nation.... It's purely coincidental that Skype users fall into that category.

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Monopolies

I realize that civil liberties might look different in Ethiopia, but the facts reported don't sound particularly different from what we experience in North America. All communications are highly regulated and there is generally a heavy crackdown on anybody that tries to circumvent monopolies.

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