Turkey’s Anadolu Agency opens new bureau in Ethiopia

Anadolu Agency
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - Turkey’s Anadolu Agency on Monday officially inaugurated its new regional bureau in Addis Ababa as part of the agency’s plans to bolster its Africa coverage. “I am honored to see ministers and ambassadors attending the inauguration of our office in Ethiopia,” AA Director-General and Board Chairman Kemal Ozturk said at the opening ceremony. “We...

Kerry Concerned

John Kerry Concerned
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - The US Secretary State John Forbes Kerry’s visit to Addis Ababa may not be diplomatically as smooth as planned earlier. He was eyeing to deal mutual cooperation and strengthening the already cemented relation with Ethiopia. He was also in a mission that was aimed at stretching the bilateral relation from the traditionally known of aid and regional security based relation...

John Kerry urges press freedom for Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - US Secretary of State John Kerry urged Ethiopia on Thursday to allow greater freedoms for civil society and journalists, expressing concern for a group of bloggers and journalists arrested last week. “They need to create greater opportunities for citizens to be able to engage with their fellow citizens and with their government by opening up more space for civil society,”...

Detained journalists, bloggers appear before court

  Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Three journalists and six bloggers, who were detained starting late Friday and Saturday, appeared before court on Sunday April 27. All six of them appeared before the Federal First Instance Court First Criminal Bench at Arada and were charged with “Working with foreign organizations that claim to be human rights activists and agreeing in idea and receiving...

The lacking platform!

Intergeneration Platform
By  Leyou Tameru Addis Ababa, Ethiopia  About two weeks ago I wrote a column about social media and our use of it. The main challenge I had identified is that we need to learn to use social media responsibly. And by that, what I mean is that we need to learn to take in the information we get online with a grain of salt as false news can travel just as fast as true news, if not faster, on the...

Publishers denounce printers’ new draft contract as a passport to censorship

Censorship
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Private newspaper and magazine publishers have denounced the new contract which was circulated by printers saying it promoted censorship and went against the grain of the constitution and press freedom. Publishers have submitted their complaint to Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and the printers. After receiving the letter from the printers, the publishers held consecutive...

Less emphasis on digital, more emphasis on people for D.C. Ethio¬pians

ZEthiopia
Washington, DC - When Dereje Desta came to the D.C. area in August 2001, he discovered two things: It was home to the largest population of people from his home country of Ethiopia, and they did not have a newspaper. With 20 years of journalism and newspaper reporting experience from his home country, he decided to start his own paper, Zethiopia. The paper is produced from his...