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Attack on Professor Haile Larebo by Radical Oromos
Radical Oromo ethno-nationalists’ recently launched an attack campaign on Professor Haile Larebo essentially for sharing knowledge based analysis on Ethiopian history. He is a historian by profession and teaches at Morehouse College. Yet, these groups had to find few words as a pretext, which actually are fully explained, and clarified later, to embark on smear campaign on Professor Haile Larebo.
Out of commitment to destroy the professor’s life, they even went to the extent of organizing a petition to lodge complaints against Professor Haile at the academic institution where he is teaching in Atlanta, Georgia, so that, in their mind, he will be terminated from his teaching position. To its discredit, and to the disgust of Ethiopians, Ethiopian Satellite Television (ESAT) -the very same media that invited the professor to appear and discuss history – appeased the radicals in a way that contravene media ethics, according to informed Ethiopians, by issuing apologetic like statement -as demanded by radical Oromo activists.
In any case, what the radicals actually did was to awake Ethiopians to question if silence, in relation to multi-faceted politically motivated accusations of radical Oromo activists, is not any more viable options. Articles that demolished belligerent radical Oromo activists were published in Amharic language on many Ethiopian sites. Furthermore, Ethiopians launched counter-petition campaign to defend freedom of expression and academic freedom of professor Hale Larebo. More than enough, only 2000 was needed, people signed the petition within a short period of time.
Conversation on Haile Larebo has been going on since the first week of January this year. It is not over yet. This week, Reyot Media busted the allegations of radical Oromos against Professor Haile Larebo. Reyot Media talk show host Tewodros Tsegay and former Addis Neger Amharic news paper team member, Tamrat Negera – who is rather proud of his Oromo heritage – discussed at length why the radical Oromo activists belligerence is not acceptable. It is a must listen analysis not only in defense of Professor Haile Larebo but also in defense of freedom of expression and academic freedom. Audio clip below.
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