– The management of Addis Standard Newsroom would like to inform its esteemed readers that after resolving the misunderstanding with the Ethiopian Media Authority (EMA) that led to the temporary suspension of the publication, the regular work on the Online publication will resume from today, July 21, 2021.
Based on the constructive discussions between the management of the EMA and the management of Addis Standard Newsroom, on 19. In July it was agreed that the EMA would return the Addis Standard registration certificate. Accordingly, the EMA returned the certificate this morning.
On this occasion, the Addis Standard publication would like to emphasize once again that the mandate of the EMA according to Ethiopia’s newly issued mass media proclamation 1238 / In 2021, recognition is limited to the issuing of certificates for online media willing to pursue one.
Although we have fully grasped the weight of the expectations for the EMA to regulate an emerging sector in Ethiopia , let us reiterate the importance of the legal process in the mass media proclamation. To this end, we state the following:
- The mandate to suspend licenses for print and broadcast media lies with the EMA board. This is only activated in accordance with Part V (Articles 75-82) of the Proclamation. Addis Standard online has a registration, not a license, for EMA online media and is therefore not subject to the revocation of licenses in accordance with this proclamation.
- The mandate for seizure or injunction A federal or state attorney is responsible for the content to be transmitted by radio and print media if the publication or broadcasting of the content only poses a clear and immediate risk according to Section 85 of the promulgation. Therefore, the EMA does not have the mandate to seize media for content that it believes endanger national security.
On this occasion it should also be clear that the EMA sets the licensing conditions for broadcasting services – television and radio. Accordingly, Article 78 on “Grounds for suspension of the license” clearly states that a broadcasting service license may be suspended by the authority for any of the following reasons:
1 / if a licensee fails to take remedial action after a Administrative measure in accordance with Article 74 sub-article (1) and Article 75 sub-article (1) has been taken.
2 / if the transmission was interrupted without sufficient reason for the exceedance per month;
3 / if the licensee fails to meet his payment obligations under Article 46 of this proclamation;
or 4 / if a court orders the suspension of the license.
The decision of Addis Default to keep the release on hold after Monday is due to grave allegations by EMA officials that the release worked to “advance the TPLF’s agenda”. Today the General Director of the EMA, Mr Mohammed Idriss, once again promised to investigate the allegation and to issue a statement of clarification. Addis Standard ‘s newsroom management will keep the promise to ensure that such unsubstantiated allegations will not be held as allegations of fact. The editorial management would like to take this opportunity to state unequivocally that Addis Standard , as a serious medium, is committed to the truth, and only to the truth. As a responsible media company that operates under Ethiopian law, Addis Standard follows a newsroom that ensures that the published content goes through a rigorous editorial process.
The editorial board wants this opportunity to express their appreciation and gratitude to several countries, media institutions, rights organizations and individuals who have expressed their deep concern and unreserved support over the past few days.
We take all these messages of solidarity and support to our hearts, pledging to carry on the decade-old legacy of Addis Standard publication and its commitment to holding those in power accountable, promoting freedom of the press, and working to assist Ethiopia in transitioning to a democratic state .