The Ethiopian media watch has threatened to revoke licences of four foreign media houses against taking sides on their reporting in the ongoing violence in the country.
The Federal Republic of Ethiopia Media Authority has sent a warning letter to Associated Press (AP) Reuters, CNN and British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) for disseminating news that sowed seeds of animosity among people and compromised the sovereignty of the country.
Country’s Media Authority Director General Mohammed Edris Mohammed on Friday sent warning letters to the media houses claiming that the media houses have consistently reported in favor of the group propagating violence in the country.
"Since the onset 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 conducting a trend analysis on their reporting patterns on the issue. Unfortunately , the Authority finds the media the above media houses have continued to manufacturing and disseminating of false news analyses on Ethiopia to assist the TPLF’s objectives,” read part of the notice to the media houses by Mr Mohammed.
Mr Mohammed added, “The Ethiopian Media Authority, in issuing license for journalist operations expects reports not to endanger Ethiopia’s national interest, territorial integrity or the peaceful coexistence of the people of the Ethiopia.”
The Media Authority claimed that the four media houses in the East African Bureau have continued to report that the law enforcement operation as a genocidal campaign hence undermining the government’s efforts to address the humanitarian crisis in the Tigray region.
In the four notices to the media houses, Mr Mohammed claimed that reporting the media outlets have been reporting that government is using famine and rape as weapon of war in the Tigray region and have continued to produce defamatory reports on the county’s leading institution.
The director general said the four media houses are seeking to discrete the country’s leader in the international arena and put the country under intense diplomatic pressure.
“The authority would like to bring to your notice that wellbeing of the Ethiopian people from the dissemination of unsubstantiated information, the authority hereby extends to your institution a written warning with an understanding that in the absence of ethical and professional journalistic operation, the authority would be compelled to revoke the license granted to your institution to operate in Ethiopia,” said Mr Mohammed.