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
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.
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.
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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Very cheap gutter journalism at its bets Dr. Abiy should dissolve this gutter paper.
How low can one get….this is juvinile. balegae.
Is there any editor for this staffs? I mean, millions of eyes are watching, a bit redundancy is mandatory!!
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
It is a deliberate actions that needs high quality of punishments.
What a Gadem Excuses !
So, you did again in your news. That is better remove pic from your page
This is done purposely becouse of their lousiness. They must be punished for what they do.
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!
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.
What the hack!!
Purposely they did it,. And you did it again in your news. That is better remove pic from your page
If someone said it was mistakenly done , from the beginning why they were creating it.