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ESAT “board” talks about restructuring as some employees see a plot to close it down

ESAT founds itself in internal dispute, the matter has angered many Ethiopians

ESAT - Ethiopian News

June 2, 2019

Now with several offices outside of Washington DC, Ethiopian Satellite Television ( ESAT) and Radio have been in operation for more nine years now. Most Ethiopians, both in the country and abroad, are in agreement that the broadcaster has made a significant contribution to the struggle for democracy and justice in Ethiopia by way of informing Ethiopians. A considerable, if not the lion’s share, portions of funding for the organization came from Ethiopians in the diaspora who are organized through different chapters in many North American and European cities. As well, there reports that even Ethiopians in Ethiopia used to support ESAT financially clandestinely when it was legally banned.

In recent weeks there have been rumors that the broadcasting organization has been rattled from within due to political differences. This week it came to the open that there is indeed a difference between the board and a number of journalists, mostly those based in Washington DC studio, working for the organization.

Each side came up with their own narratives and they both have issued a statement.

As it became clear in from the latest statement of 10 journalists on June 1, 2019, the journalists who decided to go their own separate ways, and they are ten in numbers including Ermias Legesse, Reyot Alemu and Habtamu Ayalewu who were both prisoners of conscience as well, following the board’s decision to lay off five journalists, they claim that their reports on the displacement of Gedeo and demolition of houses in Legatafo which reduced tens of thousands of residents were stifled. The layoff affected five journalists namely, Menalachew Simachew, Getachew Abdi, Liyu Tsegaye, Eyerusalem Tekletsadik, Habtamu Ayalewu. The Journalists says that the layoff is due to the political differences.

They also allege that the opening of a new studio on Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, was not procedural and that many journalists in the DC studio did not know about it.

The board, on the other hand, says that the layoff is due to financial problem that is affecting ESAT and the need to reorganize it for the next phase of the struggle in Ethiopia – something the journalists, who seem to think that the board as ill intent, are rejecting. The statement from the board says that ESAT is not a political organization and journalists could have their own political views.

What is not stated in the statement is an alleged question of ownership by Ginbot 7 – political organization whose existence ceased to exist recently following a recent merger with a group of other political organizations in Ethiopia that formed a new party in mid-May of this year- Ethiopian Citizens for Social Justice Party.

In a statement issued on June 1, ten journalists stated that they have decided to make the issue public and intend to have a public consultation and disclose decision about next steps.

There are unconfirmed rumors that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s administration is in part behind division within ESAT.

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  1. The truth is with Reyot and her colleagues. Truth shall prevail! What most people do not know is that standing against truth has bad consequences. Look at TPLF; regardless of their fight for the last 40 years, they ended up in disgrace! Those people who do not learn from history are bound to repeat the same mistakes over and over!! Tedros Tsegaye, Reyot Alemu, Minalachew Simachew, Habtamu Ayalew, Jerusalem G/Tsadik, Ermias Legesse, and their friends should establish their own media, and should serve those of us who are hungry for truth!!

  2. All of Addis Ababa including this cursed Bole Airport will be demolished and we Oromos will build Finfinne from scratch to our liking.

    Oromia will build our own dams and build all of Oromia from scratch. We will not share our resources with the Menilik Settlers anymore. The only reason we kept Menilik settler’s around is so these weak beggars face GADDA justice for what they done to Oromos. Menilik settlers allover including ESAT will cover the costs of demolishing and rebuilding Oromia including Finfinne for us, as punishment before we are done with them.

    We want nothing of the Menilik’s settlers memory to remain standing anywhere in or around Oromia including the name Addis Ababa itself. The only thing the Menilik settlers is forced to do now is payback Oromos what they stole from Oromia. Just continue to cough it up as ESAT did

    Besides that What we decide to demolish within Oromia including our own city of Finfinne is none of the Menilik settlers business. Menilik settlers just do what Oromo leaders tell them to do according to GADDA JUSTICE.

    • Oh, man, you are a complete Buffon. True knowledge comprehends more than talking. Let me forward a friendly advise to you shut your filthy mouth and go to school to read your history. please do not use this worn out word such as sefarie,( settlers) because it doesn’t describe us. You are misplacing terms i.e which tribs came to Ethiopia last is Oromos, now do I make my self clear?

      • U buffoon as i am not as much rude and cruel as U are I wish U more sweet and longer dreams l See U if and when when U are awake

  3. MARITU, Weyanes banda says a lot including you , but as I Ethiopian first and secondly Oromo I must say though,you are entitled to your opinion your comment serves the same people that kicked you out to Eritrea namely weyannes.

  4. The GADDA JUSTICE does not call for the extinction of people because they are not of the same tribe as yours. Stop speaking for OROMO people because they did not elect you to do so. Keep on dreaming you self heating idiot.


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