Ethiopia clamps down on Skype and other internet use on Tor
Posted in: Censorship at 16/06/2012 14:23
Campaigners have warned of fresh efforts by the Ethiopian government to clamp down on certain types of internet use in the country.
Reporters Without Borders says that the authorities have installed a system to block access to the Tor network - a "hidden" layer of the internet, used to allow anonymous online communications.
Users already face up to 15 years in jail if they use Skype or similar internet call services.
Government steps up control of news and information
Ethiopia's only ISP, state-owned Ethio-Telecom, has just installed a system for blocking access to the Tor network, which lets users browse anonymously and access blocked websites. At the same time, the state-owned printing presses are demanding the right to censor the newspapers they print. Reporters Without Borders is very worried by these attempts to reinforce government control of news and information.