Ethiopian News

  • UNOCHA: ESAT falsely reported about the suspension of fundraising by UN agencies in Ethiopia s

    Compiled by Elias Meseret, DireTube Correspondent

    (DireTube News. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) – The United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said the Ethiopia Satellite Television (ESAT) has disseminated ‘false’ information about its activities in Ethiopia. The statement came after ESAT released a news item claiming that the Ethiopian government had stopped the fundraising campaign by UN agencies. According to the report, this message was conveyed in a meeting between a representative of United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the Special Envoy for the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Ambassador Behane Gebrekiristos.

    “OCHA Ethiopia hereby states strongly that the story is false. OCHA did not speak to this media house and the government never told OCHA to stop the campaign,” a statement the UN agencies issued on Thursday said. “OCHA greatly appreciates the close collaboration between the Government of Ethiopia and humanitarian partners to ensure timely and appropriate response to those affected by the El Niño-driven drought in the country.”

    Ethiopia is currently contending with one of the most serious climatic shocks in recorded history. More than ten million people in the country remain severely food insecure due to lost harvests and livestock as a result of consecutive failed rains in 2015.

    Whilst the Government and the international community have already provided more than $800 million in emergency funding, which has helped alleviate the suffering of many, critical gaps remain.

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  • New Charge On Ermias T. Amelga

    Ermias T. Amelga, will remain under custody for the next eight days, after the High Court granted the police an eight-day investigation period to substantiate its allegation that he has been involved in illegal actions.

    According to the report from Fortune the investigators found an ISUZU truck, formerly owned by Ermias, that had been used during the committing of a crime. Although he had sold the car five years ago, Ermias admitted that he had not legally transferred ownership, thereby making him liable.

    The new allegations, made 108 days after his incarceration, are estimated to amount to 30,000Br in value.

    This comes after a series of appeals objecting the bail right grants at various levels of court, including the Supreme Court.

    Having already been charged on two different counts – one for fraud, another for badcheques – he was finally granted bail on both counts on April 12, 2016. A total of 1.1 billion Birr of bail bonds was required from the man who claimed that he has been living off family handouts for the past three years. Nevertheless, after posting bail, his friends and family have not been able to succeed in getting him released.

    The family then made a plea to the Arada High Court, where his bail right was granted.

    While they were waiting for the police to come and explain to the judge why they have not released him, Ermias was taken to Lideta’s high court to stand for a whole new set of charges.

    Source: Addis Fortune


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  • Report: Ethiopia ranked the second-worst jailer of journalists in sub-Saharan Africa, after Eritrea

    Ethiopia continued to repress all independent reporting, and remained the second-worst jailer of journalists in sub-Saharan Africa, after Eritrea Freedom house reported.

    The report noted for the Journalists in East and Southern Africa suffered from a sharp increase in political pressure and violence in 2015.

    In the midst of Burundi’s political crisis in May, which stemmed from the president’s pursuit of a third term, nearly all independent media outlets were closed or destroyed. The loss of these outlets, especially radio stations that had been the main source of information, resulted in a dearth of reporting on critical issues. Extensive intimidation and violence against journalists by the regime of President Pierre Nkurunziza and his supporters drove many into exile.

    According to the report for East Africa, the run-up to early 2016 elections in Uganda featured an increase in harassment of journalists attempting to cover opposition politicians. In Kenya, greater government pressure in the form of repressive laws, intimidation, and threats to withdraw state advertising resulted in a reduction in critical reporting on President Uhuru Kenyatta and his cronies.

    While on the other hand Tanzania passed two highly restrictive laws—the Statistics Act and the Cybercrimes Act—in 2015, and its newly elected president has given little indication that he will revise or repeal them. Finally, despite the release of 10 imprisoned journalists in 2015, Ethiopia continued to repress all independent reporting, and remained the second-worst jailer of journalists in sub-Saharan Africa, after Eritrea.

    Global press freedom declined to its lowest point in 12 years in 2015, as political, criminal, and terrorist forces sought to co-opt or silence the media in their broader struggle for power.



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  • Ethiopia Contributes Law, Religion and Philosophy for Top 10 African Inventions

    According to the report from African leadership magazine blog Ethiopia Contributes Law, Religion and Philosophy for Top 10 African Inventions that Changed the World

    Indeed evidence shows that the ancient Ethiopians were the first to honor their gods, offer sacrifices and organize other religious customs for people to honor the divine as well as the first country to have established law.

    Philosophy in Africa has a long history dating from pre-dynastic Egypt and continuing through the birth of Christianity and Islam. One of the earliest works of political philosophy was the Maxims of Ptah-Hotep, which were taught to Egyptian schoolboys for centuries. Ancient Egyptian philosophers made extremely important contributions to Hellenistic philosophy, Christian philosophy and Islamic philosophy.

    Source: African leadership magazine blog


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