Doctored Ethiopian PM,his wife’s image in bedroom published on state media”by mistake” (See inside)

Ethiopian Press Agency said that it has suspended journalists who were are linked to the PM’s and his wife’s photoshopped image in a bedroom

Ethiopian Press Agency

borkena
March 10, 2020

Ethiopian Press Agency suspended journalists linked to it, but their identities and the number of journalists involved in it are undisclosed. 

Ethiopian Press Agency, state-owned media outlet, published doctored images of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and his wife Zenash Tayachew on Tuesday, and it said: “it was a mistake.” 

In the image, Zenash Tayachew is seen lying on the side on the bed while Abiy Ahmed is on the floor. 

The image was used for a story about Ethiopia’s Election Board map for the upcoming election in August of this year. 

The Agency removed the image moments later and issued a brief statement on social media asking for an apology for what it called “mistake.” 

The statement said, “The image that Ethiopian Press Agency used for the news ‘the board will announce polling station maps on Saturday’ is a wrong one, and we apologize for the ‘mistake.'”   

It also announced that journalists linked to it are suspended from work and that it will make public the next step. 

PM Abiy _ wife doctored image in the bedroom
Doctored image of Abiy Ahmed and Zenash Tayachew ( his wife)

Based on screenshot of Ethiopian Press Agency Facebook Timeline, the image with Ethiopian Election Board story was on social media at least for five minutes.

Screenshot from social media

In December 2019, a false story about the death of Debretsion Gebremichael (President of Tigray regional state and chairman of  Tigray People’s Liberation Front) was published on another state-owned media – Walta Information. The Agency terminated journalists linked to it. At the time, the Tigray regional state was very infuriated about it. To date, the public is not informed about the result of the investigation – especially what the motive was and what political entities were behind it. 

Conspiratorial politics is, at times, noticeable on contents from state-owned media outlets. But it never was too graphic like the one published by Ethiopian Press Agency on Tuesday. 

Today’s publication of Abiy Ahmed’s doctored image seems to have a sinister motive behind it.



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14 Responses to "Doctored Ethiopian PM,his wife’s image in bedroom published on state media”by mistake” (See inside)"

  1. wedi   March 10, 2020 at 6:46 pm

    Very cheap gutter journalism at its bets Dr. Abiy should dissolve this gutter paper.

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  2. Melaku   March 11, 2020 at 12:25 am

    How low can one get….this is juvinile. balegae.

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  3. Bkb   March 11, 2020 at 1:36 am

    Is there any editor for this staffs? I mean, millions of eyes are watching, a bit redundancy is mandatory!!

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  4. Medina   March 11, 2020 at 9:07 am

    They’re to stupid what a mistake!! some people really getting ubnorml they don’t even know what they want or what they are doing

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  5. Daniel   March 11, 2020 at 11:35 am

    It is a deliberate actions that needs high quality of punishments.
    What a Gadem Excuses !

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    • Hsna   March 12, 2020 at 8:02 am

      So, you did again in your news. That is better remove pic from your page

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  6. Samson   March 11, 2020 at 3:16 pm

    This is done purposely becouse of their lousiness. They must be punished for what they do.

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  7. Jemal   March 11, 2020 at 5:45 pm

    This a deliberate.there is no mistakes like this! It is what situations likes in Ethiopia
    Due to the government of Ethiopia is surrounded by bad people’s whose needs to attacks Only Oromos!

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  8. Abichu   March 11, 2020 at 7:39 pm

    Art is often crazy. Tolerate artistic offences. Was any political motive involved? I think Abichu and Zinash had a shine on their face while the ashkabach DIAKON ? was artistically angry. Abichu is surrounded by FAKE friends.

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  9. tad   March 12, 2020 at 1:47 am

    …unprofessionally designed.

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  10. The awaited   March 12, 2020 at 7:52 am

    What the hack!!

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  11. Hana   March 12, 2020 at 8:08 am

    Purposely they did it,. And you did it again in your news. That is better remove pic from your page

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  12. Guled   March 12, 2020 at 9:01 am

    What.

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  13. Redwan   April 12, 2020 at 8:02 am

    If someone said it was mistakenly done , from the beginning why they were creating it.

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