Addis Ababa, 21 July 2021 – The management of Addis Standard newsroom would like to announce to its valued readers that after clearing up the misunderstanding with the Ethiopian Media Authority (EMA) that led to the temporary interruption of publication, the regular work of online publishing will resume from today, 21 July 2021 . .
Based on the constructive discussions between the EMA leadership and the leadership of Addis Standard newsroom, an agreement was reached on 19 July on the return of the EMA to Addis Standard the registration certificate. That is why EMA returned the certificate this morning.
In this case, Addis Standard publication wants to reiterate that according to Ethiopia’s recently issued mass media proclamation 1238/2021, the EMA’s mandate is limited to issuing certificates of recognition to online media willing to seek one.
While we are completely gripped by the weight of expectations on EMA to regulate a nascent sector in Ethiopia, we would like to reiterate the importance of respecting the legal procedures in the mass media proclamation. To this end, we note the following:
- The mandate to suspend licenses of print and broadcast media rests with the EMA board. This is only activated under Part V (Articles 75-82) of the Proclamation. Addis Standard online is registered, not licensed, for online media from EMA and as such is not subject to the revocation of licenses under this proclamation.
- The mandate to seize or prohibit any content to be transmitted through broadcasting and print media rests with a federal or regional prosecutor if there is only a clear and imminent danger of publishing or broadcasting the content pursuant to Section 85 of the Proclamation . As such, the EMA does not have the mandate to seize media on content it believes endangers national security.
On this occasion it should also be clear that the EMA determines the license conditions of Broadcast Services – TV and Radio. Accordingly, Article 78 on “Grounds for the suspension of the licence” clearly states that a license for a broadcasting service may be suspended by the Authority on any of the following grounds:
1/ where a marketing authorization holder does not take corrective action after an administrative action has been taken in accordance with Article 74(1) and Article 75(1).
2/ when the shipment has been interrupted for more than one month without sufficient reason;
3/ if the licensee fails to meet its payment obligations provided for in article 46 of this Proclamation;
or 4/ when a court orders suspension of the license.
On the serious allegations against Addis Standard Calling it “promoting the TPLF’s agenda,” EMA’s director general Mohammed Idriss has promised to investigate the allegation and issue a statement of clarification. Addis Standard the management of the editorial board will keep its promise to ensure that such unfounded allegations are not construed as a statement of fact
Addis Standards The decision to suspend its publication after Monday is due to the serious allegation by EMA officials that the publication worked to “advance the agenda of the TPLF”. Today, EMA’s Director General, Mohammed Idriss, has again pledged to investigate the allegation and issue a statement of clarification. Addis Standard Editors’ management will keep its promise to ensure that such baseless allegations are not taken for granted. On this occasion, the management of the editorial board would like to state unequivocally that as a reputable media, Addis Standards is faithful to the truth, and only the truth. As a responsible media organization operating under Ethiopian laws, Addis Standard follows an editorial structure that ensures that the content it publishes goes through a strict editorial process.
The editorial board would like to take this opportunity to express its appreciation and thanks to various countries, media institutions, rights organizations and individuals for expressing their deep concern and unconditional support over the past few days.
We take all these messages of solidarity and support to heart and promise to continue on the decade-old legacy of Addis Standard publication and its commitment to holding the powerful to account, the freedom of the pressure and work to help Ethiopia transition to a democratic state.
Published by: Addis Standard newsroom management