Is being a journalist a crime in Ethiopia?


By Hurissa Alemu

July 28, 2014


The dictatorial regime in Ethiopia-led by minority group, TPLF continued stepping up its efforts against press freedom by firing about 20 Oromo journalists from the state-run Oromia Radio and Television Organization (ORTO).

The Ethiopian regime dismissed the journalists from their job without giving any acceptable reason except accusing them of “narrow political views”. As some of the journalists who were among those dismissed said “the reality behind the firing of the Oromo journalists by the regime is the fact that the Oromo journalists exposed the Ethiopian government plan to expand the capital city or Finfinne by evicting Oromo farmers from their indigenous land which caused a wide scale protest through Oromia region against this plan.” The protest was organized by Oromo University and high school students together with local people resulting in the death, injury and the arrest of many students and locals after federal police fired live ammunition against protesters even though the protest was peaceful. In fact persecution, firing, harassment, arresting, torture of journalists and violation of press freedom is not a new incident in Ethiopia under the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front(EPRDF), as the government made a habit of it. We don’t need to look any farther, just two months ago the same government arrested three journalists and six bloggers, called zone 9 bloggers. I don’t remember a single year, which went by without the TPLF/EPRDF lead regime firing and arresting journalists since they came to power in 1991. Read more…

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4 Ethiopian track team members missing from international meet in Eugene, Oregon

By Wendy Owen

The names of the four pictured athletes are (from left to right): Amanuel Abebe Atibeha; Dureti Edao; Meaza Kebede; Zeyituna Mohammed.

The names of the four pictured athletes are (from left to right): Amanuel Abebe Atibeha; Dureti Edao; Meaza Kebede; Zeyituna Mohammed.

July 28, 2014, Eugene (Oregon Live) — Four members of an Ethiopian track team were reported missing Saturday morning in Eugene where they competed in the IAAF World Junior Championships.

“The individuals left campus ahead of the rest of the team,” said Julie Brown, University of Oregon spokeswoman.

The Ethiopian region is under intense political upheaval, and athletes seeking asylum from unstable areas have historically used athletic tournaments to leave their country. Asked whether that was the case for the Ethiopians, Brown said she did not know why they left and could not confirm they were seeking asylum. Read more…

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Deportation and Death in the Dhidheessa Concentration Camp

The Name of the Abominable Crime is Politicide (cont’d from June 21, 2014)

Part Two 

By Mekuria Bulcha | July 27, 2014


In the first part of this article, published on this website on June 22, 2014 under the title “The Name of the Abominable Crime is Politicide: The Mass Massacre and Imprisonment of ORA Orphans – Wallaga 1992-93,” I described the humanitarian activities of the Oromo Relief Association (ORA) among Oromo refugees in the Sudan in the 1980s and discussed the repatriation of some 1700 orphans, who were taken care of by the association, to Oromia in 1992. As I mentioned in the article, the initial TPLF onslaughts on the fleeing ORA children and their guardians took about three months. The different sources that I consulted indicated that between 170 and 200 children were hunted down and killed or drowned in flight. In addition, an unknown number of their guardians—as well as inhabitants of the districts through which they passed who helped during their flight—were killed during the onslaught. At the start of the onslaught about 300 children were captured and sent to the Dhidheessa concentration camp. Read more…

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Ethiopia: Ex-Oromia President Poisoned by Azeb Mesfin’s camp, Confirmed

alemayeu-atomsaJuly 27, 2014 (Somaliland Press) — Almost five months after the death of former Oromia President Alemayehu Atomsa, an investigation into possible foul play has revealed extensive details in the inner party relations of EPRDF, credible inside sources have confirmed. Mr Atomsa was increasingly becoming isolated from the Oromo Peoples Democratic Organization (OPDO) executive committee, according to a freelance investigative journalist who seeks to remain anonymous for safety reasons. Additional sources confirmed that the former president was in fact assassinated by the pro-Azeb Mesfin camp inside both TPLF and OPDO, with the overwhelming consensus pointing to poisoning as the methodology. Read more…

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NBC News: Surviving the Valley of Death – Hope for Ethiopia’s Children – Omo Valley

An American video game executive and an Ethiopian tribesman team up to end a deadly ritual and save children’s lives. NBC’s Ann Curry reports.

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SEENAA Y.G(2005) | Adoolessa 20, 2014

Nama Oromiyaa keessatti guddatee amma Biyya alaa jiru tokko qeeqa naa dhiheesseen, barruu har’aa eegala. Kanaan duras waan kana kaaseen jira. Namni kun Bilisummaa keenya ni deeggara. Garuu Daandii bilisummaa keessan isinumatu ofitti dheeresse jedhee kulkulfatee dubbata. Baayyina keessan kana humnatti jijjiiruu qabduu nama jedhuudha. kana gochuu hanqachuu keessaniin “gartuu bicuu sanaaf ”carraa waggaa 23 kennitaniif jedha. Namni kun dhimma Oromoo fi Oromummaan maal akka taate, Nama ofitti amanee ibsuu danda’uudha. Akka tasaa wayita na arguu Namuma waliin beeknu garuu ammatti nu bira hin jirre na gaafata. waa’ee amala isaa fi gaarummaa isaa naa himee, “Kolfuu , Taphachuudha” amalli isaa. Waan “Aaruu fi Haloo” namatti qabachuu  waa tokko hin beeku, jedhe. Anis afaanumaa fuudheen eeyyee dhugaadha jedhee itti fufuuf jennaan, harkumaan akkan callisu natti himaa haasaa itti fufe. Anis hayyee jedhee dhaggeefachuu itti fufe. Read more…

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የተስፋዬ ገብረአብ: “ጫልቱ: እንደ: ሄለን” በኪያ: ጫላ: ሲተረክ

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Gootummaa Seenaan Hin Daganne!

Kabajamoo Maamiltoota marsaa kanaa!; Goonni goota caalu eenyu?ykn goota jechuun kan akkamiiti jedhamtanii osoo gaafatamatanii baayyeen keessan mamii tokko malee“goota jechuun isa mirgaa fi bilisummaa ummata isaatif diinaan osoo falmuu kuffisee kufe ykn kuffisee kufaa jiru” akka jettan shakkiin hin jiru. Biyyoota addunyaa kanarra jiran hedduu keessattis goonni goota caalu eenyu gaafii jedhuuf deebiin jiru kanuma waan ta’eef.

Goota jechuun isa gotummaadhan osoo biyya abbaa isaatif falmuu wareegame dha, innidiina kuffisee kufe, biyyoota hunda keessattuu goota; goota caalu dha.Inni goota hanagafa.Saba Oromoo birattiis goonni goota caalu isa rorroo diinaa qolachuuf dirree adda addaatti wareegama kaffalee fi kaffalaa jiruu ta’uun beekamaa dha.

Sabni Oromoo akkuma ummattoota addunyaa kanarra jiranii goonni isaa isa bilisummaa isaaf jecha wareegama qaqqaalii kafalaa turee fi jiru dha. Isa gootummaan bilisummaa isaatiif diina kuffisee kufaa jiruu dha. Isa bilisummaaf jecha dirree adda addaatti diina waliin wal haadhaa jiruu dha, kunimmoo haqa addunyaan irratti walii galu waan ta’eef Oromoonis “goonni goota caalu;goota bilisummaa kiyyaaf jecha dirree qabsoo garagaraatti diina kuffisee kufaa jiruu dha”yoo jedhe dogoggora hin qabu jechuu dha. Read more…

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Yomif Kejelcha wins men’s 500om – IAAF World Junior Championship, Oregon 2014

July 26, 2014 (IAAF) — Ethiopia’s world youth 3000m champion Yomif Kejelcha led for most of the last kilometre to win the men’s 5000m in 13:25.19, his best ever clocking.

Kejelcha’s team mate Yomif Haji, with whom he shared pacing duties in the last third of the race, finished in 13:26.21 for silver, giving Ethiopia a gold-silver sweep. Moses Letoyie of Kenya took bronze in 13:28.11.

Two Ugandans, 10,000m champion Joshua Cheptegei and Philip Kipyeko, set the early pace, pulling the pack through the first kilometre in 2:43.21 and the second in 5:28.35. Read more…

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Staging Solidarity Hunger Strike to Protest Massacre, Torture, Detention of the Oromo People by the Ethiopian Government


President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

RE: Staging Solidarity Hunger Strike to Protest Massacre, Torture, Detention of the Oromo People by the Ethiopian Government

Dear Mr. President

On May 9, 2014, the Oromo Community Organization of Washington D.C. area (OCO), the Oromo Youth Self-help Association (OYSA) and the International Oromo Women’s Organization (IOWO) held a large demonstration in front of the White House and State Department to express our deep concern and outrage about the massacre of Oromo students in April and May just for peacefully demonstrating against government land grab; some as young as nine years, from Ambo and other towns of Oromia Regional State by the TPLF aga’azi force and army of the Ethiopian government. Similar demonstrations were held in many state capitals of the United States, Europe, Australia, Middle East, and Africa to condemn the callous crime of the Ethiopian Government. Candle light vigils were also held in front of the White House on May 22, 2014, and in many states of the U.S and other countries, at different times, where Oromo communities reside. Read more…

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Joint letter to Ethiopian Prime Minister on Charges against Bloggers and Journalists

hrwPrime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn
Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
Office of the Prime Minister
P.O. Box 1031
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

24 July 2014

Re: Detained Journalists and Bloggers

Dear Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn,

We write to you to express our grave concern regarding the terrorism charges laid against seven bloggers associated with the “Zone 9” website and three independent journalists in Ethiopia. Ethiopia is a party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights—which both expressly protect the right to freedom of expression. We therefore urge your government to fulfill its obligations under international law and release all individuals who have been arbitrarily detained in violation of their fundamental rights. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 25/07/2014 at 9:23 pm

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Ethiopian Regime a Step Away From Its Own Grave

“The government is merely a servant―merely a temporary servant; it cannot be its prerogative to determine what is right and what is wrong, and decide who is a patriot and who isn’t. Its function is to obey orders, not originate them” – Mark Twain

By Yosef Tesfasilas,

Time for the minority regime in Ethiopia to reap what they saw

Time for the minority regime in Ethiopia to reap what they saw

July 25, 2014 (Tesfa News) — UNFORTUNATELY, the Ethiopian Woyane regime has never been a servant to Ethiopians but a totalitarian regime who has been on a mission for the last several decades to bring a totality of terror not only in Ethiopia but also in Horn of Africa as well. For the last several decades, slowly but surely, the regime has been putting nails on its own coffin. Time has arrived for the regime to put the ‘the last nail on its coffin’.

Since the helm of the regime, it has been a catalytic burner in producing tribal conflicts, religious conflicts, ethnic cleansing, genocide, border disputes, land grabbing and etc. Therefore, the regime has created a diversity of nemesis from all angles. Who are the major nemesis that could seal the fate of the regime? Who are from the nemesis that is ultimately going to put the regime in its own coffin? Read more…

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#OromoProtests: Washington DC Oromo Hunger Strike, in front of the White House, 3rd Day


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Yaadannoo Waggaa 50ffaa waldaa Maccaa-Tuulamaa; Oromia Radio UK

Yaadannoo Waggaa 50ffaa waldaa Maccaa-Tuulamaa /Macha-Tulama Movements 50th AnniversaryOromia Radio UK: Maccaa fi Tuulamaa, Interview with Obboo Taha Abdi and Obboo Baqalaa Makonan, Videos 1 – 4

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Seife Nebelbal Radio Program; TVOMT Oromiyaa

Seife Nebelbal Radio Program: News, Interviews with Dr. Merera Gudina and Obboo Lubee Birruu, July 25, 2014 RUN FOR OROMIA:#Oromiaprotests: Gaafif Deebii Atleta obboo Gishe Abdi Wako waliin goone hordofaa

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Ethiopia still needs a ‘strong hand’: PM

Georges Gobet | AFP | Getty Images

Georges Gobet | AFP | Getty Images

July 24, 2014 (CNBC) — The World Bank is “wrong” about how hard it is to do business in Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn the country’s prime minister has told CNBC.

In its latest report on the country published in May 2014, the World Bank highlighted that Ethiopia had slipped in its Doing Business ranking due to deterioration in investor protection, registration of property, access to finance and competitiveness.

But in an exclusive interview with CNBC’s Yousef Gamal El-din on Access Africa, Desalegn rejected the organization’s latest findings saying “what the report says and what’s happening on the ground are to the contrary”. Read more…

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