Facing the worst drought in half a century, Ethiopia had managed to avert a crisis without significant foreign aid, boasted a December 27th report on state-run news agency ENA. A day later Eshetu Homa Keno, a U.S.-based online activist, posted on Facebook a figure released by the United Nations showing that the amount of foreign humanitarian aid Ethiopia received in 2016 was more than a billion U.S. dollars while the government’s share was a relatively meager 109 million dollars. Continue reading Ethiopia State Media Face Scrutiny from Facebook Fact-Checkers→
The Foreign Correspondents’ Association of Ethiopia remains deeply concerned about continuing threats to press freedom in Ethiopia, which include the recent 24-hour detention of three accredited journalists.
Three journalists working in the Arsi Negele area of Oromia region in Ethiopia were detained by authorities for over 24 hours on August 8th and 9th, marking a continuation of obstructions to press freedom in the Horn of Africa nation.preventing journalists from doing their work,” said William Davison, the FCAE’s chairman. Continue reading Ethiopia Continues Detaining Foreign Reporters→
U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced a resolution with 11 other Senators today condemning the lethal violence used by the government of Ethiopia against protestors, journalists, and others in civil society for exercising their rights under Ethiopia’s constitution.
The resolution calls for the Secretary of State to conduct a review of U.S. security assistance to Ethiopia in light of allegations that Ethiopian security forces have killed civilians. It also calls upon the government of Ethiopia to halt violent crackdowns, conduct a credible investigation into the killing of protesters, and hold perpetrators of such violence accountable. Continue reading 12 U.S. Senators Condemn Ethiopia’s Crackdown on Civil Society→
In a desperate attempt to silence an independent Ethiopian TV and radio broadcasting service, the Ethiopian government has reportedly sent a high level delegation to Russia. It was found that the primary mission of the delegation was to demand the Russian government to drop from its satellite the broadcasting of news and programming by the Ethiopian Satellite Television and Radio, known popularly as ESAT. Continue reading High Level Ethiopian Delegation Sent to Muzzle ESAT From Russia Fails→