Ethiopian Legal Brief

Media Proclamation No. 1238-2021

WHEREAS, there is a need to enact a law that accommodates the social, economic, political and technological developments in Ethiopia and fully enforce the right to freedom of expression and citizens‟ freedom of the media which is guaranteed under the Constitution of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, as well as international human rights instruments which are binding on Ethiopia;

WHEREAS, it is important to enact law to entertain the situation of the significance of freedom of expression and of the media in ensuring respect for fundamental rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution, and aware that the media plays an irreplaceable role for the success of efforts towards building a democratic system in Ethiopia;

WHEREAS, ensuring the expansion of media services that are accessible and of high quality enables to create an informed society, which is key to accelerate sustainable and holistic political, social and economic development;

WHEREAS, by understanding the need to have a legal framework and system that ensure the media operate responsibly by respecting the public peace, security and competing rights and interests;

NOW, THEREFORE, in accordance with Article 55(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, it is hereby proclaimed as follows:

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