TPLF Accuses Federal Government, Media of Disseminating Fake News

By Staff Reporter

TPLF-accuses-mediaMay 28, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The Tigray People Regional State (TPLF) has issued a statement accusing the state-run and private media outlets of disseminating fake news about “protests” in Tigray regional state.

The Tigray region governing party blamed the Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC), Ethiopian Press Agency, Fana Broadcast Corporate (FBC), Walta Information Center, and Prosperity Party Facebook Page, Amhara Mass Media, ESAT, Abay Media, Zehabesha, etc for disseminating wrong information that multiple demonstrations were staged in different towns of Tigray region driven by injustice and lack of good governance.

TPLF said the federal government is behind all blemishes against the Tigray people and TPLF in mere wishes to let governing party submit to ruling Prosperity Party.

"The media outlets which breath using the same lung reported the demonstrators demanded the federal government to intervene and respond swiftly if the regional government fails to react," the statement said.

The Tigray people will not be confused with fabricated Facebook news, the statement said adding the relations between the people of Tigray and TPLF will always remain strong rather.

“The truth is there is no demonstration that was staged in any part of the Tigray regional state and disruption of peaceful activities," it said

The regional government called on the Ethiopian Broadcasting Authority to take legal measures against those media that broadcast the unfounded information.

Meanwhile, the Ethiopian Police arrested 1, 887 individuals who allegedly violated the state of emergency declared to stem the spread of the coronavirus in the country.

Mid last month, the horn African nation declared emergency law that bars handshakes, wear face masks in public places and maintain a two-meter distance between people.  

All the detainees were arrested from the capital Addis Ababa in a raid conducted by the police last night in all sub-cities of Addis Ababa, the Addis Ababa police commission has said in a statement.

The individuals were arrested from bars, gambling houses, coffee shops as well as khat and shisha smoking houses for flouting the rule banning a gathering of more than four people.

According to the commission, 641 individuals were punished by jail terms ranging from 15 days up to 3 months and a fine of up to 20000 Birr.

In news, the government of Ethiopia has imposed lockdown and orders 406 households to stay home in Lideta sub-city of Addis Ababa after 102 residents were tested positive for the coronavirus.

Addis Ababa remains to be the epicenter of COVID-19 pandemic in Ethiopia with over 450 cases out of the 655 confirmed cases in the country.

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