Archive | August 12, 2014

Ethiopia: Five high-selling magazines, a newspaper facing criminal charges

(Hornaffairs) Five of the largest selling magazines and an affiliated newly-started newspaper are facing fresh criminal charges, the government disclosed today.

The vaguely-worded statement from the Ministry of Justice indicated that the six periodicals and their the publishers are charged due to “repeated acts of incitement and dissemination of false rumors intended to cause a violent overthrow of the constitutional order and to undermine the public trust on the government”.Lomi magazine, Enque magazine, Fact magazine, Jano magazine, Lomi magazine, and Afro-Times newspaper

The statement categorically blamed these – and other unnamed periodicals – for “engaging in incitements that could undermine national security, encouraging and glorifying and encouraging terrorism, inciting ethnic and racial hate, and defaming public officials and institutions”.

The five magazines and publishers facing charges are:

* Addis Guday Magazine, published weekly by Rose publishing P.L.C.;

* Lomi Magazine, published weekly by Dadimos publishing P.L.C;

* Enque Magazine, published two-weekly by Alemayehu publishing P.L.C;

* Fact Magazine, published weekly by Yofa publishing P.L.C; and

* Jano Magazine, published two-weekly by Asnake publishing P.L.C;

The sixth one is a newly-started weekly newspaper, Afro-Times, which is affiliated to Lomi Magazine.

The five magazines are among the highest selling magazines in the nation, according to a data HornAffairs obtained from the Ethiopian Broadcasting Authority a few months ago.

The magazines were among the seven magazines that were the subject of a controversial “analysis of private magazines coverage”, conducted by the government last January. (Later obtained and published by HornAffairs (here)).

The statement from the Ministry of Justice claimed that the decision to lodge criminal charges was taken after several attempts to convince the magazines to change their ways. It also claimed that the public has been demanding for legal measures through various channels.

The government will continue lodging crime charges against other media outlets and publishers, the statement added.

(ሰበር ዜና) ፍትህ ሚ/ር የክስ ቻርጆችን ለሃገር ቤት ጋዜጠኞች ማደል ጀመረ (የሎሚ መጽሔትን የክስ ቻርጅ ይዘናል)


(ዘ-ሐበሻ) ቀድሞ በኢትዮጵያ ያሉትን መጽሔቶችን እና ጋዜጦችን እንደሚከስ ያስታወቀው የሕወሓት አስተዳደር ፍትህ ሚ/ር ለጋዜጠኞች የክስ ቻርጆችን ማደል ጀመረ። በዛሬው ዕለት የሎሚ መጽሔት ዋና አዘጋጅ ጋዜጠኛ ግዛው ታዬ እና ድርጅቱ ዳዲስሞስ ኢንተርቴይመንትና የፕሬስ ሥራዎች ኃ/የተ/የግል ማህበር የክስ ቻርጅ እንደደረሰው ለዘ-ሐበሻ የመጣው መረጃ አመለከተ።

ጋዜጠኛ ግዛው ታዬ

በተመሳሳይ እንደሚከሰሱ የተነገራቸው የአዲስ ጉዳይ ጋዜጠኞች ሃገር ጥለው ለመሰደድ የበቁ መሆኑን ዘ-ሐበሻ በትናንትናው ዕለት መዘገቧ ይታወሳል።

በሎሚ መጽሔት አዘጋጅ ላይ የሕወሓት አስተዳደር ፍትህ ሚ/ር ያቀረበው ክስ “ተከሳሾች በዋና ወንጀል አድራጊነት ተካፋይ በመሆን ወንጀሉና ወንጀሉ የሚሰጠውን ውጤት በመቀበል መንግስት የሚለወጠው ህገ መንግስታዊ በሆነ መርህ በምርጫ ሆኖ እያለ ኢ-ህገመንግስታዊ በሆነ መንገድ በአመጽ ሥርዓቱን ለመጣል” የሚል ሲሆን ለክስ ያበቁት ጽሁፎችም
1ኛ. በሎሚ መጽሄት ቅጽ 3 ቁጥር 109 “በዓለም በጨቋኝነቷ አቻ የማይገኝላት የሚዲያ ምህዳር በኢትዮጵያ” የሚለው
2ኛ. ሰብ አዊ መብት የሚባል በኢትዮጵያ መንግስት ሙሉ በሙሉ ተረስቷል። የምንገኝበትም ዓለም በመራጮችና የለውጥ ማዕበሎች የሰፈነበት በመሆኑ ኢትዮጵያውያን በቀጣይ ዓመት በሚደረገው የአገራዊ አጠቃላይ ምርጫ በመንተራስ ለበርካታ ዓመታት ከዘለቀ የፍ የጭቆና አገዛዝ ለመላከክ የማይቀረውን የለውጥ ማዕበል ለማምጣት እራሳቸውን ለተጠናከረ ሕዝባዊ ዓመጽ ማደራጀት መጀመራቸው ሊበረታታ የሚገባው ነው” በሚል አረፍተ ነገር፤
3ኛ. በሎሚ ቁጥር 91 ላይ “የአሸባሪነት ፈርጦች” በሚል ር ዕስት ‘ኢህ አዴግም ከማን አንሼ በሚል ስሜት ተቃራኒ ሃሳብ የሚያቀርቡ ጋዜጠኞችን ለስልጣኔ/ወንበሬ) ያስገኛል የሚላቸውን ጠንካራ ተቃዋሚዎችን እያደነ በአሸባሪነት ስም ወህኒ ያወርዳቸው ከጀመረ ሰንብቷል በሚል ጽፏል በሚል
4ኛ.”የኢሕአዴግ የሽብርተኝነት መመዘኛ ምንድን ነው?” “ኢህአዴግ” የሕዝብ ተቀባይነት ያገኘ አይመስለውም ሕዝብ የተቀበለውና አምነዋለው የሚለው ሰው ለኢህ አዴግ ጠላት ነው፤ ሽብርተኛ ተብሎ ይከሰሳል በማለት በሽብር ህግ ተከሰው የተቀጡ ተከሳሾች በህዝብ የሚወደዱና ለገዢ ፓርቲ ተቀናቃኝ በመሆናቸው ብቻ በግፍ የተቀጡ ንጹሃን እንደሆኑ የሚያስመስል ጽሑፍ አቅርቧል በሚል 4 ክሶች ቀርበውበታል።
የክስ ቻርጆቹን ተመልከቷቸው፤ ተጨማሪ መረጃዎች እንደደርሱን እንመለሳለን።
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Development without freedom: how aid underwrites repression in Ethiopia

Donor strategy toward Ethiopia needs fundamental rethinking

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Ethiopia is one of the poorest countries in the world, and is also one of the world’s largest recipients of foreign development aid. Foreign donors insist that their support underwrites agricultural growth, food security, and other non-political programmes. However, Human Rights Watch research shows that development aid flows through, and directly supports, a virtual one-party state with a highly questionable human rights record.

The paper states that Ethiopia’s practices include jailing political oppositionists, silencing critics and media, and enacting laws to undermine human rights activity. This politicisation has a direct impact on the livelihoods of people for whom access to agricultural inputs – the intended use of aid –  is a matter of survival.

The author underlines that Ethiopia’s foreign donors are aware of this discrimination, but have done little to address the problem or tackle their own role in underwriting government repression. In this sense, donor policy has been remarkably unaffected by Ethiopia’s deteriorating human rights situation.

The document concludes that the Ethiopian population pays a heavy price for this approach to development. Accordingly, it draws the following recommendations:

  • donor strategy toward Ethiopia needs fundamental rethinking
  • in light of the government’s human rights violations, direct budget support to the government should not even be considered
  • programs supported by international funds should be independently monitored
  • credible audit institutions should examine aid to Ethiopia in the context of whether it contributes to political repression
  • external donors must be more vocal about the steps Ethiopia should take to ensure that its citizens enjoy the rights to which they are entitled under the country’s constitution and international human rights law
  • donor countries will exert far more influence on the government if they act together rather than separately.

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