on 21 June 2012
My friend Mikael Awake, started this petition to reverse Ethiopia’s Anti-Skype Law. Will you sign it?
Why this is important (from petition site)
Calling my father in Ethiopia could now put him in jail. That’s because the country is about to pass an extraordinary law making Skype, Google Voice, and other internet phone services illegal — with sentences of up to 15 years in prison for those found “guilty.”
The Ethiopian government wrote the law citing “national security” but really it’s about cracking down on free speech — and protecting the state-owned telecom monopoly. My friends and family in Ethiopia are being silenced, and it’s up to us around the world to speak out against this draconian law. If we make enough of a fuss in the diaspora, the government may be embarrassed enough to stop this ridiculous law from getting approved by Parliament.
Sign here and demand that the Ethiopian Prime Minister veto this draft law before it hurts Ethiopians and the country’s potential.