By Staff Reporter
ADDIS ABABA – (BORKENA) – After the staging of “Eyayu Fungus,” a one-man political satire show performed twice a week by playwright Bereket Belayneh and actor Girum Zenebe, the production was “banned” on Thursday, January 11, 2023, people are now sharing their views on social media, according to sources.
After the ban, some expressed concerns about the uncertainty surrounding the potential prohibition of other plays at any time, while others voiced appreciation for the decision to ban “Eyayu Fungus,” asserting that “nobody can criticize the government,” as reported by Tikvah-Ethiopia.
An individual who shared their opinion with Tikvah-Ethiopia stated, “The play revealed the reality on the ground through satirical comedy. Even the government should learn from it, but blocking it is wrong.”
On the other hand, another commenter remarked, “It is possible to directly address the government’s drawbacks instead of criticizing it indirectly. This play has been tarnishing the relationship between the government and the people.”
The social media page of “Eyayu Fungus” indicated that a day before the official ban of the play, government security bodies had issued a warning to Alem Cinema, instructing them to cease staging the play.
Following this, Alem Cinema informed the organizers about the decision made by government officials and subsequently terminated the contract.
Tikvah-Ethiopia learned from the administrative body of Alem Cinema that the reason given by officials for the ban was that “the play incites the people against the government.”
According to Tikvah-Ethiopia, the popular satirical comedy “Eyayu Fungus” was initially staged in March 2014.
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