AJStream and the emergence of assertive Oromo voice

Posted: Adoolessa/July 18, 2013 · Finfinne Tribune | | Comments

by Ebissa Ragassa |

The once suppressed truth about Oromo people finally reached a global audience on June 25 when Al Jazeera’s The Stream aired, “Oromos seek justice in Ethiopia.”

Instead of using the program as a teachable moment, a time for national contemplation and introspection about Ethiopia’s collective history, the two young activists Jawar Mohammed and Mohammed Ademo received a mob lynching, even if online. The half-hour segment on Al Jazeera provided an important opportunity to initiate a national discussion on how the very formation of Ethiopia led to the current crisis, including opposing viewpoints on Jawar and Ademo’s presentation.

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