Dec 9, 2022

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Statement on the baseless accusations and dangerous defamation by state-affiliated FBC against Addis Standard publication

JAKENN Publishing PLC, the publisher of Addis Standard , is alarmed by the repeated dissemination of unsubstantiated allegations and dangerous defamation by the state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate (FBC).

Am On December 19, 2021, the media published the news on its website and official social media platforms that the online publication Addis Standard is receiving money from the US government to put pressure on the Ethiopian government. Without providing the slightest evidence of how Addis Standard is helping the United States government to put pressure on Ethiopia, the FBC claimed that Addis Standard , a member of the Ethiopian Media Authority, paid by the National Endowment for Democracy to advance the national interests of the United States. The news has since been spread by several other media outlets and has reached hundreds of thousands of people.

Following the spread of the allegation, Addis Standard newsrooms have received alarming threats, including death threats, from anonymous people.

The state FBC has repeatedly issued similar unsubstantiated news about the release of Addis Standard over the past few months. Last November, the media accused Addis Standard of violating journalistic ethics and operating without a license, even though JAKENN Publishing PLC is a legally registered company. In July of this year, following the illegal brief suspension of the publication of Addis Standard by the Ethiopian Media Authority (EMA), the FBC launched another attack in which it was alleged, without substantiated evidence, that Addis Standard < / em> violated the decisions of the House of Representatives (HoPR) by implementing the agenda of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).

Days later, the EMA clarified its position and set the Addis Standard online media registration certificate that ensures our editorial independence. However, on July 30, 2021, the FBC distributed a documentary claiming in a non-existent conspiracy theory that Addis Standard is linked to a network of international intelligence agencies.

JAKENN Publishing PLC has wrote a letter dated August 4, 2021 to the SFBC in accordance with Article 50, Sub-Article 3 of the new media proclamation 1238/2021, requesting a correction of the documentation broadcast on their television station that was disseminated on their social media platforms and by hundreds of thousands of People viewed.

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It should be clear that Article 84 of the media proclamation
that libel committed by the media is civil
Liability.

JAKENN Publishing PLC has also sent a copy of the above letter to the EMA in the hopes that it would take corrective action against the many forms of harassment our reporters experienced after the documentary was broadcast were confronted online and on site. Unfortunately, our attempts were unsuccessful and the FBC continues to defame Addis Standard and threaten the safety of its employees by disseminating reckless and unfounded information to the public and law enforcement agencies during the State of Emergency.

The most recent attack followed shortly after JAKENN announced plans to publish a trilingual website in English, Amharic and Afaan Oromoo. The latest attack peaked after a coordinated campaign on social media, including Twitter and Facebook, from anonymous accounts.

JAKENN Publishing PLC denies these baseless allegations and firmly opposes such a coordinated smear campaign aimed at intimidation and Harassment of the newsroom members on Addis Standard . Our newsroom continues to strive to fulfill its important role as an independent medium by complying with journalistic ethics and media laws.

To this end, we call on the Ethiopian Media Authority to curb our efforts to contain such reckless threats Safety of our employees through the FBC and protect Ethiopia’s nascent free press. We also call on the CPJ, RSF, the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission, the Ethiopian Human Rights Council, the Editors Guild of Ethiopia and the Ethiopian Mass Media Professionals Association as well as other advocates of press freedom to coordinate with the Addis Standard against them State media defamation campaigns.

JAKENN Publishing PLC, the publisher of Addis Standard Publication.