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20 ORTO journalists banned from work 

As Addis Admass newspaper writes quoting sources, twenty ORTO (Oromia Radio and Television Organization) journalists are banned from work for the alleged “Narrow minded political attitude” in connection with the assessment session it had on the issue of the Addis Ababa integrated master plan.

It is remembered that a discussion was held in April, 2014 at the Adama city on the topic of the Addis Ababa integrated master plan where the region’s politicians, journalists and higher officials participated. The discussion and assessment sessions were also conducted following the region wide violence in protest to the integrated master plan.

As sources told the newspaper, lots of journalists were expressing their idea and concern on the integrated master plan at the April’s discussion session and during the two-months long training given to the journalists.

Addis Admass writes that twenty ORTO journalists are prohibited from entering into their office on Wednesday and the journalists told the newspaper that expressing their idea on the training sessions must have been the reason behind their ban from work.

ORTO fires eighteen Oromo journalists

(A4O, 26 June 2014) ORTO journalist are falsely being accused of providing information to diaspora news organizations like VOA, DW, Seif, Eri-tv(Oromo), Oromo Voice Radio and the newly inaugurated Oromia Media Network (OMN).

According to our sources, 18* Oromo journalists of Oromia Radio and Television Organization (ORTO) have been fired since  June 25, 2014. The journalists say they received no prior notice and learned of their fate this morning when security prevented them from entering the station’s compound located in Adama.

Members of the management informed the journalists that they cannot help them as decision terminate their employment and the list of names came from the federal government. This firing follows a 20 day re-indoctrination seminar given to journalists and reporters of the ORTO and workers of the region’s communication bureau.

Main agenda’s for the seminar were the ongoing #OromoProtestsand the upcoming election. Speakers at the seminar included Bereket Simon, Waldu Yemasel ( Director of Fana broadcasting), Abreham Nuguse Woldehana and Zelalem Jemaneh.

Name and department/ assigned role of the 18 journalists fired from Oromia Radio & Television Organization Department of Technology & Development

1. Tilahun Megersa – reporter for the ORTO website Newsroom

2. Bira Legesse- Afaan Oromo anchor

3.Bekele Atoma- Afan Oromo and English Reporter

4. Hamza Hussien- Afan Oromo & English report

5. Dereje Gonfa- Afan Oromo Reporter

6. Adis Tegegn- Amharic

7.Lisanewok Moges- Afan Oromo and Amharic news producer

8.Marga Hangasu- Sport program producer

9. Obse Kassahun- Afan Oromo Anchor Entertainment

10. Ayana Chimdesa- ‘Gola Oromiyaa’ program producer

11. Abdi Gada- youth program producer

12. Yusuf Warqisa- Oromo language, culture & tourism presenter

13.Abdisa Fufa- Documentary program producers

14.Ezekeil Argaw- Entertainment producer Educational programming department

15. Kababo Ibsa- Producer

16. Olansa Wakumsa- educational programs producer

17. Zeleke Oljira- Producer/ presenter of ‘ Hello Doctor’ program

18. Bosona Dheressa-Editor and program producer

* updated on 27 June 2014

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