Facebook suspends Ethiopian activist’s page

Founder of Oromo Media Network @Jawar_Mohammed is suspended from Facebook

Facebook reportedly suspends Ethiopian activist’s page

Jawar Mohammed

US-based Ethiopian activist of Oromo origin, Jawar Mohammed, is the founder of Oromo Media Network.

March 08, 2018 – A US-based Ethiopian activist of Oromo origin has accused Facebook of blocking his page in a bid to silence him from reporting on the political crisis in Ethiopia, a pro-opposition Twitter user, Ethiopia Live Updates, claims.

“Activist and Founder of Oromo Media Network @Jawar_Mohammed is suspended from Facebook…,” Ethiopia Live Updates (@Ethiopialiveupd) tweeted.

“I have been held incommunicado by @facebook for 16 hours now. This is the fourth time they have blocked me in two weeks. I am now certain that this is a deliberate act to silence me from reporting about the crisis in Ethiopia. Fb [Facebook] is not acting alone either,” Ethiopia Live Updates quoted Jawar Mohammed as saying.

Jawar has a reputation for providing regular updates on the situation in southern Ethiopia’s Oromia Regional State – the epicentre of ongoing anti-government protests.
Source: Twitter.com, March 08, 2018
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Ethiopia reportedly arrests prominent blogger Seyoum Teshome

March 09, 2018 – A prominent Ethiopian blogger and academician Seyoum Teshome has been arrested in the southern town of Ambo, pro-opposition Zehabesha website has reported.

“A popular Ethiopian blogger, who used to comment on national issues, political analyst and lecturer at Ambo University, Seyoum Teshome, has been arrested by the Command Post”, the website said on its Facebook page.

The news was confirmed by another blogger, Befeqadu Z Haile (@befeqe), who tweeted: “#Ethiopia’n Blogger Seyoum Teshome is reportedly detained by the Command Post of SOE (State of emergency) again. I called on his phone; it bounced my calls back ‘busy’ twice and ‘swithced [switched] off’ (on the) third (attempt)”.

US-based Ethiopian activist of Oromo origin, Jawar Mohammed, cited an eyewitness as saying Teshome had been “taken to Addis Ababa according to eyewitness”.

Seyoum Teshome, whose arrest comes as US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was visiting to the country, spent 10 months in prison between 2016 and 2017.
Source: Facebook and Twitter in English, March 09, 2018
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Ethnic clashes continue in southeastern Ethiopia

February 16, 2017 – An Ethiopia activist says 16 people were killed in southeastern Ethiopia during fighting in Guji Zone, Oromiya Regional State, between residents and soldiers from the national army and Somali Regional forces.

Minneapolis-based activist and founder of Oromo Media Network, Jawar Mohammed, has said in a Facebook post on 15 February: “Residents of Guji Zone confronted the invading forces from four different directions and chased them away from the areas they were controlling. Then the army called for reinforcement where 11 military trucks full of soldiers were brought to Negele Borena amd Harfuna Agransu. Later, the soldiers engaged in talks with the elders of the area and told them that they did not come to fight them but to calm the people and maintain peace and order. However, immediately the commanders left the venue, the soldiers started rocking the area with gun fire and killed nine additional Oromos.”

He also claimed that 43 soldiers from the Somali Region forces and four members of the army were killed during the clashes. Jawar said 33 civilians were wounded in the fighting.

Ethnic clashes between Oromo and Somali tribesmen have claimed the lives of close to 200 people in the past month. The clashes have occurred along the common border of Oromiya and Somali regional states which are predominantly inhabited by the two ethnic groups.
Source: Facebook in Oromo, February 15, 2017
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PM Briefs Local Media on Current Issues Featured

April 19, 2017 – Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn gave a press briefing to the public and private media on current issues today.

Responding to questions raised by journalists, the premier revealed that the leaders of Egypt and Ethiopia have agreed to take necessary measures on media networks like Oromo Media Network that are considered terrorists institutions by Ethiopia.

He said the government of Egypt has reported to Ethiopia all the activities of those media institutions engaged in fomenting unrest and violence in the country and warned them to refrain from such activities.

He added that Egypt has pledged to stop any activities related to these and activities that affect the interests of Ethiopia.

The PM stated that Ethiopia will further continue its effort to sustain strong and mutual benefiting policies between the countries.

Regarding Somalia, Hailemariam said Ethiopia and Somalia have enjoyed good relationship and they would continue to further enhance their strategic partnership.

He added that Ethiopia has contributed to peace and stability in Somalia by deploying peacekeeping forces to the country under the umbrella of AMISOM and on its own.

The premier said the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is not a source of conflict as some people claim, but a foundation for partnership and economic integration.

In this regard, Kenya, Burundi and South Sudan have sent the Comprehensive Framework Agreement (CFA) on River Nile for approval to their respective parliaments
Source: Ethiopian News Agency (ENA), April 19, 2017
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