The Washington Post: Exiled Oromos use “Web to dissent, debate in absence of press freedom”
This is a follow-up to the story that appeared on The Washington Post earlier this week, and was criticized by many as one-sided and misleading. Let us all hope such vigilance continues with united voice; East African desks of Reuters and Bloomberg will now have a lot to learn from this The Washington Post follow-up. Reuters and Bloomberg are known for releasing press statements of Atse Meles Zenawi as one-sided news stories – without bothering to check with the organizations and individuals being defamed by Zenawi’s propaganda.
By Emily Wax
There may be at least four different factions with varying viewpoints on whether the Oromo, the largest ethnic group in Ethiopia, should pursue the birth of an independent country or reform the existing Ethiopian state.
But one thing is clear: social media and the Internet have become a powerful tool for debate among the Oromo diaspora, which stretches from Minnesota to Washington D.C. to the Netherlands. Online, the diaspora discusses issues that range from the persecution of the Oromo back in Ethiopia to the infighting among Oromo political factions outside the country. The Oromo number as many as 40 million, according to some estimates.
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