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Ethiopia Considers Withdrawing Licenses of Foreign News Agencies

  • Authority says CNN, BBC, AP and Reuters reports sow animosity
  • Conflict raging since Abiy ordered Tigray incursion in 2020
A demonstrator holds a sign to protest CNN in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Nov. 7.

A demonstrator holds a sign to protest CNN in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Nov. 7.

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Ethiopia said it would consider revoking the licenses of CNN, the British Broadcasting Corp., the Associated Press and Thomson Reuters Corp. for alleged reportage that authorities say could endanger the interest and peaceful coexistence of the people in the Horn of Africa nation.

Stories published by these news agencies on ongoing events “sowed seeds of animosity among people and compromised the sovereignty” of the country, the Ethiopian Media Authority wrote in a letter to the media houses Friday and posted on its Twitter account. “In the absence of ethical and professional journalistic operation, the authority would be compelled to revoke the license granted to your institution to operate in Ethiopia,” it said.