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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.

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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.

Full Story (Washington Post)


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  1. dhuga:

    April 6, 2012 @ 5:26 am

    Viva abo hra.a hojii keesaniin washingtn postin nubeeke waggaa 130 booda gafa wagaa 140 hin bilisomna dinalee haatau yeroodhaafi waluman deema issanu numan numara turani isns isanuma issanin abba biyya tau yaale achi booda dubiin dhiira gadi bati

  2. Me Mo:

    April 6, 2012 @ 1:38 pm

    The 21st century communications technology in the form of the internet, the mobile phones etc, have revolutioned and democritized media by bringing them to the common people and help their vioices heard. Effetive and conscious utilization is very important both at the individual and the communal levels. Tyrants have no monopoly over the modern communications media anymore. That is also why they were/are in deep *danger* and in great panic. This si no news anymore!

  3. Qubee:

    April 6, 2012 @ 4:41 pm

    Thank uou Gadaa for your clear message to Reuters and Bloomberg.