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Ethiopia criticizes international media outlets over distorting gov’t call


Ethiopia’s mobilization call for the nation in the face of continued aggression by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) was covered by  most international media outlets.  

But the coverage was rather done in a malicious way. 

The Ethiopian Government on Wednesday issued a statement reacting to the reports. Ethiopia Current Issues Fact Check, a Task Force instituted after TPLF started the war when it attacked the Ethiopian Defense Force in November 2020, highlighted about eight points in its two-page statement. 

The key message is that International Media outlets distorted and provided unfair coverage to the national call. 

The Task force said that the presentation of the coverage was in a “skewed way and in a manner consistent with most international media reporting [of the conflict in the Tigray region of Ethiopia] since November 4, 2020” 

But the most important, and perhaps super malicious, was that “most have chosen rather to distort a nation’s call for survival as a call against Tigray.”  

Bloomberg, Al Jazeera, The Guardian, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Reuters, AFP and BBC are among international media outlets cited in the statement for distorted coverage of the national call. 

The government also criticized that the media outlets did not adequately and properly report about the atrocities that the TPLF carried out in the Amahra and Afar regions of Ethiopia. 

Last week, in the Afar region alone, the TPLF massacred over 200 civilians when it shelled a school and health facility that was used as a shelter for displaced people.  Over 100 of the victims are children, over which UNICEF issued a statement of “concern.”

Also, more than 300,000 people are displaced as a result of TPLF renewed military attacks in the Amhara and Afar regions. 

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  1. Before witnessing it on my country, I though the talk about fake news was wrong.
    I witness it with these international media reporting fake news in a coordinated way.
    The good news is, they are getting bankrupt and will not exist in few years time.

  2. Though not placing the news media “Democracy Now!” among the above listed international media outlets due to its objective and “hard hitting news”, it has exhibited lack of fact checks in its reporting of TPLF instigated war and the aftermaths that followed in Tigray and other regions of Ethiopia.
    The news media “Democracy Now!” on August 11,2021 aired a news regarding killings in Tigray, citing UNICEF as its source for its Video story, attributing the killings to the Ethiopian and Eritrean troops than the named and designated terrorist groups.
    According to “The statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore on Reported killing of hundreds of civilians, including children, in Afar, northern Ethiopia” (09, August, 2021) , does not attribute the killings to the Ethiopian and Eritrean troops at all
    As stated, “Democracy Now!” is not among the league of those international media outlets in its objectivity and reporting styles, but when it comes to reporting TPLF instigated atrocious war against Ethiopia, “Democracy Now! exhibited bias just like the other media outlets.


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