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Ethiopia: Journalism under anti-terrorism law
Source: Al Jazeera
How the US 'war on terror' has provided cover for laws that are being used to silence dissident journalists.
When the Paris-based media watchdog group, Reporters Without Borders released its annual Press Freedom Index, few were surprised that Ethiopia had dropped 11 places to 137.
Journalists in the country have never truly been free to report however developments in the region over the last few years have had a detrimental effect on the media environment.
With the disputed 2005 general election, the continued conflict with separatist groups and the spectre of the Arab Spring arriving in the country – the government in Addis Abba has been cracking down on the media
And one of its most effective tools is a vague, far reaching anti-terrorism law that has sentenced at least 11 journalists to harsh prison terms.
In 2009, former Prime Minister Meles Zenawi's government passed the anti-terrorism proclamation. In August last year Zenawi died but the legislation survived under his successor Hailemaraiam Desalegn.
Much of the reporting on Ethiopia these days is done at a safe distance. According to media watchdogs, 49 journalists fled the country between 2007 and 2012 to get away from a government that does not want to talk about this issue. The Listening Post made several interview requests but were denied.
as the saying goes back home, ” TELBA BINCHACHA BE ANND MUQECHA",
All are crying for one thing and one thing only, to get access in the big Ethiopian market with popularity, but by selling lies.
Our govt is doing only their business of protecting the country from all these hayenas, who are ready to devour Ethiopia by any means and chance they get. No way jose!
Not in my house! Said mutombo”
Yes Seleshi, the so called Ethiopian government has no tolerance for criticism.
They can’t continue terrorizing the whole nation forever and they can’t deny the people their basic right for freedom of informaltion.The truth will come out.
Thank you Aljazeera, for bringing this timely report. Hats off to Seleshi and others like him who fights the system from within Ethiopia!
No sympathy for the Swedish journalist who by all accounts were inflaming a region that is terrorized by ONLF, a terrorist and illegal organization.
In fact there are no similarities between the Ethiopian and Swedish journalists.
The Ethiopian journalists are victims of TPLF, another terrorist and illegal organization that is operating in day light in Addis Ababa.
We all must do our part to round up and arrest all TPLF members that have infiltrated the government and bring them to justices for the killings, lootings, treason, human rights violation of citizens, ethnic divisions, to name a few!!!
No crime shall go unpunished!!!
Addis Zefen the Idiot Woyane
TPLF is no different than ONLF.
Trust me we are going to catch all TPLFs like you and be sure justices will be on the plate.
Ye Addis Zemen Leboch,
They are protecting their looting spree torritories from other scavangers than shielding the people of Ethiopia. If you are Tigrayan you are the blind man who betray Tigray. Luqsoh Endet Neber your mercenary Eritrean Listro Meles death???
For me it was the happiest day in my entire life and am waiting for Diqala Mohammod Yinus to follow his master fellow Deqala Meles and it will be my best day after the Meles Merdo.
To all Ethiopians excluding banda Tigre’s,
Please donate to money to www.deportalltigres.com
We are working to bring all Ethiopians together for the sake of unity. It is time to get rid-off cancerous people who blindly support abusive and ethnocentric regime just because they’e Tigre.
Deport and extreminate this toxic bandas!!
They cam go and re-unite with their causins in Asmara!
Please copy and paste this on every blog and website!!
Halafi rigafi, the mozzafakka asshole shabian,…
Why don’t you leave us alone loser? No matter how much you cry, nothing is gonna change. We know you’re alive and kicking. You’ve our attention. The doctor who treated your kintarot ass told us you will have one more month to cry. then your ass will explode, if not by the kintarot you’re suffering, we will fry your ass with our state of the art drones. What you gonna do when the drones come for you?
I usually read what I post to make sure it is practical. Some here should do the same because people are not “telba.” You can not kill and jail people to hold on to power and not be called a terrorist.
It does no one any good to just go over and over the same problem with no end insight for a solution. The Tplf regime is going to trample on the rights of our people under this BS law of terrorism. Whats new? This leadership does not understand the continued repression of the citizens will only lead to its end. In other words it did not learn from the Derg after a prolonged war that took the Derg out, the in coming turned out to be not much better than the out going. As a seeker of change through dialogue, I find it sad to accept the fact the only way to reach these guys @ Arat Killo is through their own means to an end.. violence. The overthrow of this thuggish regime by any means is justified.
OMG!!!! Will somebody please burn that blue shit off of the ETHIOPIAN flag..? come on!!!
Aljezira is a terrorist media organization advocating radical Islam movement globaly, and need to be blocked in Ethiopia. All media outlets at this time should not be considered as a free and fair information sources. therefore, media outlets such as Aljazira and most of Diaspora Ethiopian media outlets are a source of misinformation. their disadvantage is more than their advantage. I do not have sympathy to them if the government take measure to block them. Bravo! Ethiopian government.
The number one enemy of TPLF/woyanes is democracy. The sound/look of it it-self terrifies them to death.
On the other hand, the only hope/future for the Ethiopian people rests in democracy.
How/why is the desire of the Ethiopian people and that of woyanes/TPLF bunch is diametrically opposite?
It does not take a lot to figure out that. In order to legitimize and perpetuate their authority/hegemony over Ethiopia, they have to control the economy, politics, security, military, media etc, etc illegally by the jungle law they crafted and mastered while they were in the bush.
The jungle law works perfectly for them. They are above it and use it to suppress the democratic and fundamental rights of the Ethiopian people. It even sickens them to see when their dysfunctional (fake) constitution is followed by law abiding citizens.
The Ethiopian people have been pushed and tossed around by woyanes for far too long. It is now time for the Ethiopian people to push back with full force until woyanes’ resistance for the rule of is broken.
Fighting back with an equal force against a repressive regime that uses excessive force is very natural and legitimate. It is natural/inborn and follows Sir Issac Newton’s third law of physics, “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.”
It is time to at least revisit our natural laws and act accordingly!!!
It is time to fight back the enemy with an equal or more force.
‘There ends the similarities’, well said.
But what makes it to end? The aid Money which is the blood vessels of woyanes.
State sponsered corruption is the main Capital Resource for tigray state and its People. but what mkes tigrians so desperate? How can this stopped With out violense? In pure discussion!
The War between the Arabs and Israel is going to move to Ethiopia vs all arabs soon, mark my words.
Look how our people are suffering crossing borders to Arab countries. Thanks to woyane bigmouthing, and belittling Arabs, every now and then woyane is to create a fire that would eat all Ethiopians alive from Egypt, Sudan, Somalia, Djibouti and Saudi Arabia in one and same day! We will be cooked like fried chicken in between, for our hypocricy and ugly attitude over the moslem Ethiopians and all our moslems neighbors.
Our young are humiliated, tortured by the Arabs. Sad and disgusting.
Woyane will pay the price of all the crimes. Ethiopia is accomodating foreigners while her people spread allover and suffer. Noone to save Ethiopia No more!
The Al Qaeda media is Al Jazeera among others, shut it off forever.
Al Jazeera is the propoganda wing of Al-Qaeda and it has to perform its duties and obligation. No wonder!!!
We Ethiopian Orthodox Love to kill and Murder people. all we need to say is ” Red terror or Terrorist ” so , we get an excuse to kill and murder. as an Orthodox Ethiopian , all we learn from our parents were To Kill and Murder : ” Oromo , somali , Muslims and other” NOW , we kill our own Orthodox Newmen. Very sad.
from patriotic Ethiopian.
Sileshi HAGOS………husband of Reeyot Alem hmmmmmm everyone marring Tigre including Teddy Afro why????? out of 3 millions Tigres half 1.5 female, whereas 40 millions oromos, amaara, guragie, somale, sidama, why marry getata tigrie? i think we all know the answer.
To begin with, you used Albert Einstein’s saying partially without giving credit to the originator of the idea. This is plagiarism, a crime committed against intellectual property.
Why mention all those countries who went through or are going through their specific problems for the sake of scaring Ethiopians? Ethiopia is not Rwanda, Pakistan, etc etc. How does your scare mongering help Ethiopians while we are fighting for the rule of law and democratic governance?
You labored a lot equating ESAT to Radio Télévision Libre des Mille Collines (RTLM) and others. Is this an extension of the scare mongering tactic repeatedly told/used by the dead PM? Thank goodness, Ethiopians were spared from that awful woyane/TPLF plan to make Ethiopia Rwanda or any other country on their list.
Scare mongering could work, but not always and all the time. Ethiopians know what ESAT is all about and stands for. Instead of parroting the same old scare mongering, you could do Ethiopians big favor by telling woyanes to stop ethnic/religious cleansing (a crime against humanity) that is going in our country as you are reading this response.
Now look Mamo: Whose stupidity is without boundary now? Yours or any nameless Ethiopian? Are you not consolidating what Albert Einstein said against your own stupidity?
Please give us a break!!!
May wisdom and rationality outlive human stupidity!!
With our perseverance, Ethiopia and Ethiopians will survive!!
Aram Tegray. You don’t even know what telba looks like, since you grow up eating BELES CHGARAM Tegray.
These BANDA Tegrays would be were they are if it is not for the US, Aram hulu. CHIGRAM Tegray hulu trying to make TPLF and WOYANE some exceptional metical power like Essayas and his Bandits use to talk about Eriteria. The same is true to all these ARAM Tegrays, if the US do not provide them with money and support they are CHIGARAM nobodies. What we Ethiopian in the diaspora are no focusing is to stop the US aid to Ethiopia, cut their blood line and then we will see how smart they are.
ETHIOPIAN “JOURNALISM” = WRITE ETHNIC FICTION, GET 1 WEEK IN JAIL, THEN PICK UP POLITICAL ASYLUM IN VISA TO SWEDEN.
An Ex Ethiopian from Asmera,
Indeed the woyanes should be blamed for ¨CRIMES AGAINST STUPIDITY¨ For oppenning 30+ universities in A country that it´s only pride was 3000 yrs of independence ,yet did not move an inch..except shilela & Fukera…the monotonous____¨ባሳየው ጀግንነት ባድዋም በማይጨው___ኤረ ገዳይ__ዘራፍ__ቆራጭ…idiotic slogans..by changing Ethiopia´s economic status & reputation from Poor,hungry, famine stricken..that belched ጎረድ ጎረድ after eating aዘይት እንኳን በሌለው የተቀቀለ ሽሮ…to a country that is transforming in a super-sonic growth only matched by BRIC (Brazil,Russia,India ,China)….
Now, as an Eritrean ,it is not my position to prescribe you a leader or govt….But since you are holding Eritrean land (badme)..it is my right to give my view on the blind hatred you guys exhibit towards eachother..If your country is on fire,as a neighbour I will suffer the flames..that is not of my making..I have enough stupid people here that I need a sound neighbours.Blame your govt. or do whatever you want with it..but, do not try to mislead us what is mathematically fact.
Thanx and is there any chance you can smuggle some food to Asmera ?
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