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ESAT’s Letter to BBC Director-General Tony Hall – Nov 15, 2018

Tony Hall, Director-General British Broadcasting Corporation Dear Mr. Tony Hall, First of all, I would like to express my appreciation for the high standard the BBC is known for globally. Having said that, I am writing today to bring to your attention factual errors, lack of balance and objectivity in BBC’s November 12 feature story, A year in fake news.  ...

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    Ethiopia: Exiled church patriarch returns home with PM Abiy Ahmed

    ESAT News (August 1, 2018), His Holiness Abune Merkorios, the fourth Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, has ended his exile in the United States and returned home after a successful reconciliation effort spearheaded by Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed. The patriarch, who was replaced by Abune Paulos and forced into exile in 1991,  was received with jubilation in ...

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      Exiled opposition announces readiness to operate in Ethiopia

      ESAT News (July 31, 2018) Patriotic Ginbot 7, an armed opposition group based in Eritrea, has announced that it has made a decision to lay down arms to move to Ethiopia within a month. At a press conference held today in Alexandria, Virgnia, the chairman of the movement, Prof. Berhanu Nega, Secretary General, Andargachew Tsige, and Ephrem Madebo, head of ...

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        Ethiopians shocked over sudden death of mega dam project chief

        ESAT News (July 26, 2018) The chief engineer and head of the the Grand Ethiopia Renaissance Dam (GERD) was found dead in his Land Cruiser at Meskel Square in the capital. The passing of the engineer has sent shockwave across Ethiopia. GERD was said to become Africa’s largest hydropower dam with a capacity of 6,450 MW when completed. However, the ...

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          Movement honored for mending fences between Ethiopia and Eritrea

          ESAT News (July 24, 2018) Patriotic Ginbot 7-Movement for Unity and Democracy, has been honored at the 2018 Eritrean Festival for its unique contributions to building bridges and mending fences between Ethiopians and Eritreans at a dark time in their common history.  Receiving the award and recognition at the weekend in Washington DC, Prof. Berhanu Nega, Chairman of Patriotic Ginbot ...

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            CPJ calls for probe into killing of news crew driver

            ESAT (July 23, 2018) The Committee to Protect Journalists has called on the Ethiopian government to investigate an attack on a news crew in Oromia region that claimed the life of Suleiman Mohamed, a driver for Dire Dawa Mass Media. According to CPJ, the ambush happened on July 13 while the crew were heading to Addis Ababa to cover a ...

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              Rival Ethiopian Orthodox church synods agree to merge

              ESAT News (July 23, 2018) The two synods of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church have agreed to resolve their differences and reconcile ending 27 years of acrimonious relationship. The split started in 1991 when Patriarch Abune Merkorios was forced to abdicate his position and forced into exile. He was replaced by the late Abune Paulos who was hand picked by ...

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                Ethiopia: Army chief says defense force must be nonpartisan

                ESAT News (July 23, 2018) In a stunning departure from the norm, the new chief of staff told military officers that the army must remain neutral regardless of discords and differences among political parties.   General Saere Mekonnen said that the army must only be loyal to the constitution and the constitutional order. “The status quo that made the army partisan ...

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                  Ethiopia: Regional state president says political reform is irreversible

                  ESAT News (July 20, 2018) President of the Amhara Regional State says the ongoing political reform in Ethiopia is irreversible despite the wishes of some elements  who dream of resorting the “old” status quo. In a lengthy interview with Amhara TV broadcast yesterday, Gedu Andargachew underscored that it is futile to make efforts that run counter to the wishes and ...

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                    Ethiopia: U.S. praises PM, says keen to nudge Ethiopia toward democracy

                    ESAT News (July 20, 2018) The United States has praised the leadership of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and expressed keen interest in supporting democracy, human rights and good governance in Ethiopia. Speaking at the 8th Bilateral Dialogue on Human Rights, Democracy, and Governance held yesterday at the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Michael Raynor noted that the United States ...

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