Ethiopia’s Defense Force to sue individuals, media for spreading hearsay

Major General Mohammed Tesema _  Defense Force Photo : FBC
Major General Mohammed Tesema. Photo : FBC

July 8, 2019

The Ethiopian Defense Force said it has finalized preparations to sue individuals and media organizations whom it says are engaged in spreading hearsay, defamation and false information, The Ministry of Defense disclosed on Monday, as reported by state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporation. 

Major General Mohammed Tessema, Director of Indoctrination Division in the army,  is cited as saying that “enforcing the rule of law has become the Defense Forces’ key mission.” 

In a press conference he had on Monday regarding the situation in the country, he said that the Defense Force undertook the task of restoring stability and peace following the killings of senior government officials in Bahir Dar and Chief of the Defense Force in Addis Ababa. 

He added that the Defense Force is also working with other relevant government authorities to hold those who participated in the killing and suspects accountable. 

A task force is established at the national level to identify as to who was behind the killings and what the motive work, Major General Mohammed noted. The Defense Force is working on it as well, he said. 

Individuals and organizations “who are working to create mistrust between the army and the people” through the dissemination of “false information and hearsay have been identified, and that the Defense Force will bring them to justice, according to the Director of indoctrination division of the army. 

However, the names of the individuals or media organizations who are allegedly involved in such activities are not disclosed.  

Apart from that, the army is also hunting what it called “terrorists” working to bring about conflict along Amhara and Benishangul regions of Ethiopia, and that they will be brought to justice, according to Major General Mohammed who is cited by FBC. 

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