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17 Oromo Journalists Sacked by Ethiopian Government in the Wake of #OromoProtests

Posted: Waxabajjii/June 27, 2014 · Finfinne Tribune | Gadaa.com | Comments (2)


(A4O, 26 June 2014) ORTO journalist are being falsely accused of providing information to diaspora news organizations like VOA, DW, Seif, Eri-TV (Oromo), Oromo Voice Radio and the newly inaugurated Oromia Media Network (OMN).

According to our sources, 17 Oromo journalists of the Oromia Radio and Television Organization (ORTO) have been forced out of their jobs as of June 25, 2014.

The journalists say they have received no prior notices and learned of their fates on Wednesday morning (June 25, 2014) when the security at the gate prevented them from entering the station’s compound located in Adama.

Members of the management informed the journalists that they could not help them as the decision to terminate their employments and the list of names came from the federal government.

This firing follows a 20-day re-indoctrination seminar given to journalists and reporters of ORTO and workers of the region’s Communication Bureau.

Main agendas for the seminar were the ongoing #OromoProtests and the upcoming election. Speakers at the seminar included Bereket Simon, Waldu Yemasel (Director of Fana Broadcasting), Abreham Nuguse Woldehana and Zelalem Jemaneh.

Names and departments/assigned roles of the 17 journalists fired from Oromia Radio and Television Organization (ORTO) are as follows:

Department of Technology and Development
1. Tilahun Megersa – reporter for the ORTO website

2. Bira Legesse – Afaan Oromo anchor
3. Bekele Atoma – Afan Oromo and English Reporter
4. Hamza Hussien – Afan Oromo & English report
5. Dereje Gonfa – Afan Oromo Reporter
6. Adis Tegegn – Amharic
7. Lisanewok Moges – Afan Oromo and Amharic news producer
8. Marga Hangasu – Sport program producer
9. Obse Kassahun – Afan Oromo anchor

10. Ayana Chimdesa – ‘Gola Oromiyaa’ program producer
11. Abdi Gada – youth program producer
12. Yusuf Warqisa – Oromo language, culture & tourism presenter
13. Abdisa Fufa – Documentary program producers
14. Ezekeil Argaw – Entertainment producer

Educational Programming Department
15. Kababo Ibsa – Producer
16. Olansa Wakumsa – educational programs producer
17. Zeleke Oljira – Producer/presenter of ‘ Hello Doctor’ program

– Source: A4O



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Comments ...

  1. ANF

    June 27, 2014 at 11:23 am

    It is difficult to say something about OPDO either they sold their soul or have no clue except gullibility.

    The situation of these journalists and, for example, the two artists from Ambo and Finfinee Universities are not gleeful in the heart of Oromo in their nation, Oromia, for lack of applying their profession and live with it, blocked from self-rule, and further exposed to damages; but for now, the heart of hopeless colonizer of Oromo and Oromia, the TPLF and its associate having armed, appears exercising their desperate power of narrow nationalist view so called-ethiopianism on the unarmed civilians. It is doubtful whether OPDO understands a subtle measure to dismantle OPDO itself after Oromo disempowered at various institutions including villages, universities, media so forth, otherwise OPDO should not enticed with being nominally included in the federal systems.

    What are those subtle onto those journalists so? TPLF and its associates, and the nominal or call it gullible agents (e.g. OPDO) are to change legal framework for Television and Radio from “agency“ to “corporation“. At corporation status, the federal will program the contents of the news, the composition of language that intend to diminish Afaan Oromo and the other`s but the colonizers one. For this, they possibly targeted to displace these journalists with theirs. Under the change, the licence and service fees of the media to be generated to the colonizers from the colonized nations.

    The move appears the colonizers will collapse OPDO finally. It is unwise for OPDO to not say no now with Oromo people. Oromo people have power now and if the OPDO marches toward self-rule in every aspects, at least, historically OPDO will represent Oromo and Oromia with OLF and Oromo.

  2. filebar

    June 27, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    tplf continue eradicate oromos from thier father land.tplf run to execute the dream of melles “finfinnee”& its area belongs to new generation of tigray.