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Ethiopia bans nude pics



  03:09:37 pm, by admin   , 276 words  
Categories: Ethiopia, Culture and Society

Ethiopia bans nude pics

Ethiopian photographer, Biniyam Mengesha, 28, shows one of his pictures at his studio in Addis Ababa on 26 June 2008. Mengesha told AFP he had been planning to show 45 photos at the unprecedented exhibition -- titled "Black Diamonds" -- in the capital Addis Ababa from Friday through July 4. But Ethiopan authorities have slapped a ban on what had been billed as the Horn of Africa nation's first exhibition of nude photography.

Ethiopia bans nude pics

Source: SA

Addis Ababa -

Ethiopia has slapped a ban on what had been billed as the Horn of Africa nation's first exhibition of nude photography, the photographer behind the show said on Wednesday.

Biniam Mengesha, 28, told AFP he had been planning to show 45 photos at the unprecedented exhibition - titled "Black Diamonds" - in the capital Addis Ababa from Friday through to July 4.

"Authorities from the ministry of culture asked me to submit my photos before the exhibition was inaugurated. Afterwards, they said: 'This isn't art, it's pornography'," Biniam said.

"The photographs are fine art and include partial nudity aided by digital photography. Had it not been censored, it would have been the first in our country."

Biniam said he is arranging to show his images elsewhere in Africa in two months time. Culture ministry officials declined to comment.

Ethiopia is a largely conservative society, whose 81 million people are mostly Orthodox Christians and Muslims.


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Let's assume some of Binyam's "Black Diamond" pictures are similar to what you see on this commercial, would you still support the ban?

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Comment from: Samuel Gebru [Member]
Samuel Gebru

Haha!! Too funny.

And yes, Ethiopia is too conservative for that. And what was he thinking?

06/25/08 @ 15:28
Comment from: Pia [Visitor]

Go to hell with your nude pictures LOSER!

06/25/08 @ 15:36
Comment from: Pia [Visitor]

Yemanew BALAGE! We got a culture and you should respect that …. Be ante bet Westernize mehoneh new? Shame on you! We got lots of other things to show other than nude pictures, this is disprespect to our sisters!

06/25/08 @ 15:38
Comment from: Wedi Bolle [Visitor]
Wedi Bolle

Werada !!! We don’t need your trash in Ethiopia.

What’s next? HOMO-PICS exhibition?
Go to Hollywood with your filthy show.

06/25/08 @ 15:42
Comment from: bro [Visitor]


NUDE pics is not allowed because we are



06/25/08 @ 15:56
Comment from: Shewa Anbessa [Visitor]
Shewa Anbessa

Look at imoral Bandidos (Woyane) !! Ethiopia is starving and in a great desaster but WOYANE daivert atention of the people importing this kind of DESGRECING and SHEMFUL things to our decent and beloved country !!



06/25/08 @ 15:56
Comment from: [Member]

Any thing for money…that was the plan!
not in ethiopia jackass!!!!!!
And you better off not taking the photos
eleswhere in africa….
ahun yejemere jebe ayasadrim zare photo yeshete nege sew yeshetal slezeh akabe hige yemayadagem ermija mewsed alebet…

lenegeruma demo betaser kinjit slehonku new lel eko new…way mekera..kkkkkkkk

06/25/08 @ 15:58
Comment from: Shewa [Visitor]

Asadagee Yehbedellew!!!

06/25/08 @ 16:04
Comment from: TX [Visitor]

Wayane please throw this criminal to qalitii jail and torch him before he contaminates our people. That is all he’s learned from America.

06/25/08 @ 16:33
Comment from: yohannes [Visitor]

Yemanew defar..meseltenu new? Ahun endaw ethiopia wist foto minesa neger tefto new?

06/25/08 @ 16:35
Comment from: V [Visitor]

This is not good …if you dont want to see the art exhibition then live it ..but there are so many people who want to see the exhibition… it is only a partial nudity; what is wrong with that? This is 21st century for god sake… and yeah selling sex in the open with a licence is ok, but exhibition art in closed door is bad :crazy: Adult person has the right to see what ever he/she want to see! if you do not want to see its up to you.

06/25/08 @ 16:37
Comment from: Masonic Habesha [Visitor]
Masonic Habesha

All Ethiopians are closet freaks, they love sex thats why our population is getting out of hand, I bet you people if you had the chance you would jerk off those pictures in private, we got nude people walking around in the south, what about them are they Balege, Just relax and enjoy the art, don’t be biased, and if you don’t like it don’t look,

Habesha the number one Shefada,
Last week a girl jumped of the 12th floor because her boyfreind walked in when she was having sex with another man,

She is now paralized what a shame,

06/25/08 @ 16:58
Comment from: Sammy [Visitor]

Biniam instead of showing your nude picture , why dont you show us the good stuff, some cultural art which can bring to you a more visitors, we have enough nude picture that can pop up in our computer screen, dont be fool to be the first one, we dont need this, period!!!!!!, take to somewhere else.

06/25/08 @ 17:27
Comment from: dani [Visitor]

besmam bros’
this is our culture not to talk,act,see… openly,honestly!!!
had it not been talked openly about sex we would have been not in the first rank of STD!!
Pls try to develop our culture in a very constractive manner.
Forbiding is not a means to learn,it’s rather a way to attract attention!!

06/25/08 @ 17:36
Comment from: kuna [Visitor]

…diqala….in south people have their own
respected culture.

06/25/08 @ 17:49

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