A new law being drafted in Ethiopia might harm internet, radio and TV services in the country and may make it even harder for media firms to run when it is finalised at the end of Ethiopia’s fiscal year.
The draft law to regulate internet, TV and Radio is being draft by the Ethiopian Broadcasting Authority, Ethiopian Ministry of Communications & Information Technology and Information Network Security Agency and The Ethiopia Radio & Television Agency.
Ethiopia is preparing a draft law to regulate Internet, radio and TV.
According to Leul Gebru, deputy director general of Ethiopian Broadcast Authority the bill will regulate Internet, television and radio broadcasts when the country moves from analogue to digital infrastructure.
He told Fortune, a local media firm:“The law is needed, in order to prepare for the management complexities that will follow digitization.”
Leul added that a federal agency will be established to manage the broadcasting network and radio waves under Ethiopian Broadcast Authority. The new bill also requires extra licensing for mobile TV broadcasting.
The draft law might not lead to directly to closure or censure of firms but might just stiffen operation licensing which is itself censorship and or make it ore expensive to run or own broadcast channels.