• The Means and the End
    February 28, 2019
    8:00 am - 1:00 pm

The Role of Media for Democratization in Ethiopia

Reforming the structural and institutional impediments for the free exercise of freedom of expression and the media is at the heart of the ongoing political reforms in Ethiopia. Due to state repressive actions and its internal weakness, many criticize the media for self-censorship, lack of independence and being polarized.

Prime Minister Abiy promised to ensure media freedom and the task of revising draconian legislations regulating the media is already underway. The effect of such a promising start has already bears fruit. According to CPJ there are currently no journalists in prison in Ethiopia. The country witnessed a surge of new newspapers and magazines. Broadcast media have started to air more political content and hold sensitive debates with more liberty and freedom.

At this critical juncture in the country’s transition, the media needs to play its irreplaceable role.  In this context, the following key questions require genuine reflections: What are the challenges for journalists and media houses to play their rightful roles in a multi-party democracy in the country? What opportunities are available to improve the weak state of freedom of expression and the media? What are the key action points for government, media, democratic institutions, and other relevant stakeholders at this time of transition?

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) cordially invites you to this Policy Dialogue on “The Means and the End: The Role of Media for Democratization in Ethiopia”, that takes place on February 28th, 2019 (GC). The event will bring together distinguished opinion makers, politicians with diverse backgrounds, researchers, activists and young practitioners to shed light on these important issues for Ethiopia.

08h30 Inscriptions

09h15 Keynote speech on ”Challenges and Prospects in the Role of Media for Democratization in Ethiopia” Mr. Tamrat Gebregiorgis, Managing Editor, Fortune Newspaper

10h00 Panel discussion with Henok Semaegzer, Mersa Media Institute, former VOA journalist, Dr. Teshager Shiferaw, School of Journalism and Communication, AAU, Ustaz Abubeker Ahmed, Islamic Scholar and Communicator, Selome Tadesse, Social Activist, Former Director of EBC and government spokesperson, Nathenael Feleqe Aberra, former member of Zone9 bloggers group

10h45 Coffee Break

11h15 Discussion, moderated by Mr. Solomon Goshu (Policy Advisor, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung)

13h00 Joint Lunch

We are looking forward to see you there!






Venue Website:

Kazanchis, Addis Abeba