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17 Oromo Journalists Sacked by Ethiopian Government in the Wake of #OromoProtests
(A4O, 26 June 2014) ORTO journalist are being falsely accused of providing information to diaspora news organizations like VOA, DW, Seif, Eri-TV (Oromo), Oromo Voice Radio and the newly inaugurated Oromia Media Network (OMN).
According to our sources, 17 Oromo journalists of the Oromia Radio and Television Organization (ORTO) have been forced out of their jobs as of June 25, 2014.
The journalists say they have received no prior notices and learned of their fates on Wednesday morning (June 25, 2014) when the security at the gate prevented them from entering the station’s compound located in Adama.
Members of the management informed the journalists that they could not help them as the decision to terminate their employments and the list of names came from the federal government.
This firing follows a 20-day re-indoctrination seminar given to journalists and reporters of ORTO and workers of the region’s Communication Bureau.
Main agendas for the seminar were the ongoing #OromoProtests and the upcoming election. Speakers at the seminar included Bereket Simon, Waldu Yemasel (Director of Fana Broadcasting), Abreham Nuguse Woldehana and Zelalem Jemaneh.
Names and departments/assigned roles of the 17 journalists fired from Oromia Radio and Television Organization (ORTO) are as follows:
Department of Technology and Development
Educational Programming Department
- Source: A4O
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