US News Ethiopia: new restrictions on the diffusion of information related to the war

16:10  26 november  2021
16:10  26 november  2021 Source:   pressfrom.com

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Ethiopia, where the rebels that Fourth for more than a year against the federal forces threaten to walk on the capital Addis Ababa, announced on Thursday evening new restrictions on the dissemination of information on the war.

A decree published Thursday evening states that it is now "forbidden to spread, via any means of communication, any military movement (or) issue (fighting) on ​​the battlefield" which were not officially published by the government.

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"The security forces will take the necessary measures against those who have been caught in violation" This decree, pursues the text, possibly for the attention of the media and social networking accounts that would state territorial gains claimed by the rebels of the Tiger Liberation Front (TPLF).

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the nature of these "measurements" have not been specified.

The Government has also prohibited the population from "using the different types of media platforms to directly or indirectly support the terrorist group," he still adds, with reference to the TPLF.

As part of the state of emergency declared in early November, the authorities could already suspend information bodies suspected of "providing direct or indirect moral support" to the TPLF.

The new decree also prohibits calling "to a transitional government".

Wednesday, an Oromo Party, the Federalist Congress Oromo (OFC), claimed a cessation of hostilities and the establishment of an "interim administration" which would open negotiations with all parties to form a "fully inclusive government. national transition. "

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The war started at the Tiger in November 2020 when Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed sent the federal army in order to dismiss the authorities, from the TPLF, which challenged his authority and that he accused of attacking bases. military.

Mr. Abiy proclaimed the victory three weeks later, after the taking of the Mekele Regional Capital. But in June, the TPLF has taken up the essentials of the Tiger and continued its offensive in the neighboring regions of the Amhara and Afar.

This week, the TPLF said to be 220 km northeast of Addis Ababa.

These recent developments of the conflict worry the international community and several countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom and France, called on their nationals to leave Ethiopia.

Wednesday, a state media claimed that Mr. Abiy, a former army radio operator who became lieutenant-colonel, had visited the front and that "day-to-day business" were managed by the Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen.


in Ethiopia, the rebels at the doors of the capital Addis Ababa .
© Amanuel Sileshi, AFP Hundreds of new recruits of the National Defense Forces of Ethiopia responded to the call for mobilization launched by the Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to defend the capital Addis Ababa against the advance of the Tigreens. Three years and a Nobel Award after its arrival in 2018, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed triggered a war that goes wrong, against the refractory region of the Tiger.

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