Ethiopia: Can you trust the news media?

January 29, 2014

Baile Derseh Mihrete

A large number of people doubt what they read, what they see and hear in the news of EPRDF`s media. Governments want to convince the public to support of polices and their officials. Because the media draws on the content from the government.The media of Ethiopia is among the most strictly controlled in the world.

The media of Ethiopia is among the most strictly controlled in the world .The constitution notionally provides for freedom of speech and the press, however, the government prohibits the exercise of these rights in practice, unless it is in praise of government/EPRDF/.The government not only tightly control all information coming in and out, but seeks to mould information at its source.

A typical examples of this was the death of Meles Zenawi  news of which was not divulged until many days after it occurred .It is no surprise that woyanne controlled medias are allowed to lie and distort the truth as much as they want ,even if they risk looking ridiculous. The Woyanne cadre journalists behind those terrorizing institution may be getting promotion for their act of deception and lie. I remember the woyanne officials who lied about bademe and the border demarcation some years ago and never retraction or show remorse until now for his deception.

Reporters without borders have consistently ranked Ethiopia near the bottom of its yearly press freedom index. The press is tightly controlled by the state; Article 19 of the Ethiopian constitution protects freedom of speech and freedom of the press. In practice, the government only allows speech supports it and the ruling party/tplf or EPRDF party/.Media report in Ethiopia are often one sided and exaggerated playing little or no role in gathering and disseminating vital information, true to facts and providing propaganda for the regime. The EPRDF/TPLF/media effectively paints the country and vision of the regime in a fake positive light and showing the Ethiopian public as to the outside world`s perception of the country.

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5 Responses to Ethiopia: Can you trust the news media?

  1. nati

    January 31, 2014 at 6:56 am

    the Ethiopia government has long tried to keep tight .reporeters without borders ranked Ethiopia 137 in index of press freedom .there is a rumores to spying personal face book, email and micro blogging services .the most Power ful inoritering body is setting to gives media outlets Directive restrictive coverage of political sensetive topics.

  2. mami

    January 31, 2014 at 4:09 am

    state media donot provide to do With the People .the People donot have trust and cofindence in the government media. Just if you take a servey or sample ,9 out of 10 People say either not very much not at all in distrust justified of government media.Totally media in Ethiopia have become a tool for government propaganda.

  3. kaki

    January 30, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    I was not surprised to learn that Ethiopia is using social media a tool for propaganda .In Ethiopia where many of the natural freedom we have in US and Europe are restricted with ex term punishment I would think that the government /EPRDF/WOULD be trying to use this propaganda to further control of the people in the country.Ethiopia is far behind the time Where it comes to freedom and technology .It is really sad that citizens of Ethiopia are lied to so much by their government.

  4. asamenw

    January 30, 2014 at 2:59 am

    Big difference beween lying to maintain power and lying to destroy a nation. The media people in the Wayne regime are particpaing in the later will never be forgiven.

    Every dictator lies to stay in power, Woyane lies to destroy people and a nation. The gutless reporters are worest than the regime itself.

  5. balbo

    January 29, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    Eprdf and derge esepa have similar character both like to control the media like network if they let the media uncontrolled the population get knowledge what comes after it power so you figure it population with kind of tools not only control the government also his or her destiny.we grow with derge our destiny controlled now our kids.