Pro-government journalist defects while covering UK-Africa summitA journalist who accompanied Ethiopian delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister, Demeke Mekonnen to the UK’s Africa investment conference held yesterday and today has stayed behind, Ethiopia Observer has learned. Bilal Worku, a journalist at the Ethiopia Broadcasting Corporation (EBC), was supposed to attend the UK-Africa summit and send dispatches to the state broadcaster. This followed the June 2019 defection of another senior EBC journalist, Getachew Chane, who vanished after having traveled to Canada with President Sahle-Work Zewde. During his several years at EBC, Bilal has provided coverage from the official viewpoint and he has had educational and travel opportunities as a privilege. His graduation paper was entitled « The practice and challenges of media coverage of entrepreneurship issues in Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC): Media coverage of entrepreneurship in Ethiopian State Media ».
Source: Ethiopian News January 21, 2020 23:24 UTC