Ethiopian National Journalists Union condemn illegal acts of former EAJA Secretary General
Addis Ababa (RBC) The Ethiopian National Journalists Union (ENJU) vehemently condemns the acts of vandalism of the former Secretary General of the Easter Africa Journalists Association (EAJA), Omar Faruk Osman.
Omar was suspended from the position last January a meeting in Addis Ababa over integrity issue. Omar was also jailed in Ethiopia last year following a charge filed against him by various hotels in Addis Ababa including Jupiter International Hotel, Bole Ambassador Hotel, KZ Hotel, and Stay Easy Hotel as well as a number of Taxi drivers of failing to settle his bills and cheating them that resulted in his suspension from EAJA.
Omar is also cheating the international community holding three passports – the UK, Djibouti as well as Somalia – which is illegal in most countries including in the Ethiopian context, for example. Omar is still wanted by the Kenyan, Tanzanian and Ugandan police as well as by Interpol for committing similar crimes and he can not travel to these countries and carrying out his illegal acts from London, UK.
Omar was also deported from Ethiopia without any sentence following the settling of the hotels and the taxi bills by his relatives. And now Omar is trying revenge Ethiopia issuing unfounded and false statements using unverified data and information and using old web information. This cannot be considered a genuine and positive way of fighting for freedom of the press.
November 10, 2014:
EAJA ELECTS NEW LEADERS, ADMITS NEW MEMBERS
Eastern Africa Journalists Association (EAJA) has today elected a team of new leaders as part of its efforts to strengthen its position as a leading advocacy organization for the rights of journalists in Eastern African Region.
The new leadership was elected at an Extra-ordinary General Meeting of the association in Bujumbura, Burundi. The Meeting confirmed Mr. Alexandre Niyungeko from Burundi as Secretary General to replace Omar Faruk Osman from Somalia who was suspended from the position in January a meeting in Addis Ababa over integrity issues. Mr. Niyungeko has been holding the position on an acting capacity since January.
Anteneh Abraham Babanto from Ethiopia was elected as the new president at the Bujumbura meeting to replace Dr. Muheldin Idris Ahmed who was suspended from his position along with an Executive Committee Member Kenedid Ibrahim after the assembly rejected their attempt to lift the suspension of Omar Faruk and re-install him to his former position of Secretary General. Kenedid was replaced by Glorias Martha Musiime from Uganda.
A two-day training workshop on investigative journalism and corruption for a group of 20 Ethiopian Journalists co-organized by the Ethiopian National Journalists Union (ENJU) and Eastern Africa Journalists Association (EAJA) opens today, 18 September 2014, in the capital Addis Ababa.
The training, which ran from September 18-19, 2014, was organized by ENJU and EAJA aimed at building the capacity of journalists to undertake investigative journalism and corruption reporting and help in the fight against impunity.The workshop is part of a series of such trainings being done by EAJA in collaboration with the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) with funding from the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) in the region and will cover 11 countries.
Addis Ababa (ENJU) The Ethiopian police arrested yesterday journalist Elias Nigatu who writes for Enku magazine and requested a 14 day for additional investigations the Federal first instance court Arada Bench when the journalist appeared in court today.
And the court allowed the police a 7 day additional time. According to police the journalist is arrested because of his Article on the Magazine that instigated violence and riot among the Jimma university students. the Police said Elias is responsible for the lose of property and human lives during the violent riot of the university students recently in the Jimma town which is some 500 Km west of Addis Ababa.
The issue of Press Council establishment and protection of journalist were top on the agenda during the discussion forum held in connection with the celebration of International Press freedom Day in Addis Ababa on 3 May 2014.
The meeting which was attended by Ministers, representatives of the UNESCO, Ethiopian National Journalits Union (ENJU), political parties at the Ghion Hotel was highlighted with the discussion on the challenges encountered to establish a press council in Ethiopia.