False story of Debretsion’s death got Ethiopians on social media talking. Walta Information center was very TPLF in the past. Today, the latter is implicitly accusing it of working to make the people of Tigray vulnerable to ethnic-based attacks. Walta claims that it does not know how the information was published on its facebook page.
December 13, 2019
Tigray Region’s Communication Affairs Office issued a statement on Friday condemning Walta Information, which is known to most Ethiopians as a Pro-Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) until TPLF dominance over Ethiopian politics ended in 2018, over false news about the death of Debretsion Gebremichal, Tigray region’s acting president.
“We would like to inform our people that the information by Media known as Walta Information Center about the death of Deputy President of Tigray regional state, Debretsion Geberemichael is fabricated story and absolutely false,” the statement said.
The region’s communication office framed the false news as a deliberate one with malicious intent against the people of Tigray.
The false information Walta disseminated on its Facebook page on December 13, 2019, is “part of the campaign that Waltainfo.com has been carrying out to make the people of Tigray vulnerable to ethnic-based attack,” said the statement.
The region also stated that it will hold Walta Information Center legally accountable.
Walta on its part updated its readers that on social media that the information regarding Debretsion Gebremichal was conveyed on its page without the recognition of Walta, and apologized for it.
It also said that it will investigate how it happened and make it public.
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