Some social media activity is now a criminal offence in Ethiopia

Facebook in LaptopFacebook in Ethiopia is affected by the state of emergency. (Image: pixabay/commons)Certain activities, including some from the west, have been banned by the government 

According to the Ethiopian Media Forum, the Ethiopia government has banned a number of activities of social media site. These include opening and posting about the current situation of the nation on Facebook, listening to the Voice of America, Listening to the German radio stations, watching and listening to Ethiopian Satellite Television and Radio (ESAT) and Oromo Media Network (OMN) and accessing social media.

The reason for the ban is that the government feel that the protests in Oromia and Amhara, which has left at least 67 people dead according to Amnesty International, will be stemmed by this six month state of emergency. 

Siraj Fegessa, the Ethiopian minister of defence said that, "The military command will take action on those watching and posting on these social media outlets." 

ESAT and OMN are media outlets based in the US which most of the opposition to the government and protesters receive their information from. They have been considered to be a catalyst of the violence and is a danger to what is normally a country known for peace and security. 

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