Social Media and journalism in Ethiopia


“SOCIAL MEDIA IS THE DARK HORSE. SOCIAL MEDIA HAS, IN A FEW YEARS, TURNED THE POLITICAL LANDSCAPE IN ETHIOPIA ON ITS HEAD NOT ONLY AS A MEANS OF MOBILIZING PEOPLE, BUT ALSO AS A MEANS OF SPREADING RUMORS, HATE SPEECH AND DISINFORMATION.”

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An introduction to how social media influences sustainable, independent news publishing, freedom of speech and growth of democracy in Ethiopia. This against the backdrop of an intensified international debate and actions taken across the world to come to terms with social media platforms including the use of them by undisclosed political forces.

The report, with a journalism and freedom of speech perspective, serves as a discussion document and should be seen as an introduction to the many issues and aspects how social media influences sustainable, independent news publishing, freedom of speech and growth of democracy in Ethiopia . This against the backdrop of an intensified international debate and actions taken across the world to come to terms with social media platforms including the use of them by undisclosed political forces. Christer L. Pettersson has prepared this report for Fojo Media Institute, Sweden with the assistance of Nigussu Solomon, in collaboration with Nubia Media and Communications Plc, Ethiopia

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