[ View the story "Up to 20 journalists reportedly fired from Ethopian broadcaster" on Storify] Up to 20 journalists reportedly fired from Ethopian broadcaster Ethiopian state broadcaster's alleged dismissal of reporters prompts questions over press freedom.
The Stream· Thu, Jul 03 2014 20:16:19
Reporters Without Borders published this statement:
“In our view, this development must be seen as an attempt by the authorities to marginalize and supress all potential critiques ahead of the national elections scheduled for 2015 in Ethiopia. These journalists must be allowed to return to work and must not be subjected to any threats or obstruction.”en.rsf.org
Supporters have gone online to express outrage over the reported dismissals:
A region w/re opinions criminalised, 1st nation firing 20 #journalists in a day all from ethnic Oromo, i.e Ethiopia.
@OromiaTimes # Bravo my Oromo journalists to stand up for your Nation. Part of Freedom struggle.ahmed umar
The journalists wee fired because they spoke against the government's violence against peaceful Oromo students. #OromoProtests @CPJLammi Ijara
The alleged terminations reportedly followed
among government officials and journalists over a controversial city development plan, the Integrated Master Plan of Addis Ababa.
the expansion plan will encroach onto Oromia land, though officials say it would provide benefits to the state.
The ORTO journalists reportedly
the station's lack of coverage of
against the plan and the police response that left many arrested, injured and killed during clashes in May.
Leaders of the #oromoprotest should be prudent & careful that the peaceful demo don't evolve into an inter-ethnic tension#Oromo #EthiopiaHallelujah Lulie
Oromo Students are not criminals. They are demanding what is within their rights! Stop torturing them! Free my brothers! #FreeOromoStudentsEthiopia
People have to understand that Addis Ababa has a population of 4 million people and needs more space and expansion as the symbolic capital of Africa. There will be those who oppose the expansion but in order for Ethiopia to grow we must set our ethnic allegiances aside for the greater good.youtube.com
This is deliberate and very strategic movement to dissolve the culture and identity of Oromo people, i am not pessimistic to development however the development has to be inclusive.youtube.com
Press freedom in Ethiopia has long been under scrutiny. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, Ethiopia is currently
at least 17 journalists. Additionally, six members of the Zone 9 bloggers' group have been
since April, prompting the campaign to
Several requests for comments from government officials have not been answered.