Addis Ababa (May 2, 2015) - Unions and Associations of journalists in Ethiopia said that the observation of the “International Press Freedom Day” held today May 2, 2015, at the Elilly International Hotel in Addis Ababa was hijacked by the Government Communication Affairs Office which organized the event in a designed manner to deny the participation of concerned bodies especially journalists associations.
International press freedom organizations were unusually condemned on the event do due the deliberate and designed organization of the day.
Mr. Amare Aregawi, owner of the Reporter, Amharic weekly, which receive a major advertizment support from the government in his presentation condemned International press freedom organizations including IFJ, saying that they are not credible and issue annual reports without adequate research and only blaming governments.
Amare also said that the international organizations award “Fake Journalists” to blame and shame the Ethiopia government.
Mr. Zerihun Teshome who chaired the discussion on the meeting also denied participation of journalists associations representatives who attempted to air their views to correct the erroneous ideas against International solidarity Organizations including FAJ, IFJ,CPJ and others.
The organizers restricted the participation time of journalist representatives /time given for comment and reflections/ in 3 minutes.
Asked about the participation of the associations, Ethiopia national Journalists Union (ENJU President) Anteneh Abraham indicated that he was also disappointed on the disrespect of journalists associations and unions as well as the unusual hijacking of the event.
The president also called the government to stop these kind of disrespectful acts and to immediately hold discussion with representatives of the associations and unions which are offended by the situation and to ask apologies for this.
Messages of the UN secretary General, UNESCO, AU and others similar concerned bodies were also ignored by the organizers. Real problems of journalists like harassment, detentions and violation of the press freedom were not given due attention on the occasion.
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.
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.