Ethiopia Media Authority sends warning letters to CNN, BBC, AP and Reuters for reporting false news and defamation

Addis Ababa – The Ethiopian Media Authority has sent warning letters to four international media institutions for fabricating and disseminating false news and news analysis about Ethiopia to aid TPLF objectives .

The Authority sent warning letters to The Associated Press (AP), CNN, the BBC and Reuters on Friday.

The Authority said in the letters that by issuing licenses for journalistic operations, it expects the reporting not to endanger the national interest, territorial integrity or the peaceful coexistence of the Ethiopian people.

Since the start of the law enforcement operation in the northern region of Ethiopia by the federal government, the Ethiopian Media Authority has been monitoring numerous foreign media outlets and carrying out trend analysis on their reporting patterns on the question, he added.

The Authority discovers that these media have regularly disseminated information which sowed animosity among the population and compromised the sovereignty of the country.

“Some of the trends in media misconduct and shady media reporting include the fabrication and dissemination of fake news and news analysis about Ethiopia to aid the objectives of the TPLF; reporting the law enforcement operation as a genocidal campaign and undermining government efforts to address the humanitarian crisis. crisis in the Tigray region, ”adds the letter.

In addition, the Authority said these media reported that the government was using starvation and rape as a weapon of war in the Tigray region; produce defamatory reports on the main institutions of the country and generate information seeking to discredit the leader of the country on the international scene and to put the country under intense diplomatic pressure.

Despite repeated attempts, formal and informal discussions, to rectify the journalistic misconduct of media institutions, no significant changes have been recorded to date, the Authority said.

In view of the Authority’s responsibility to protect the well-being of the Ethiopian people against the dissemination of unfounded information, it issued a written warning, on the understanding that in the absence of an ethical and professional journalistic operation, the Authority would be forced to revoke the granted license, she added.

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