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Ethiopian Opposition Links Protests to Government Media Monopoly

Ethiopia's opposition says it’s fighting to gain access to the national media – which is controlled by the government. The deputy chairman of the Coalition for Unity and Democracy – Admasu Gebeyehu– says since last month’s elections, the government has reasserted its monopoly over news and information.

He told English to Africa reporter William Eagle that the exclusion of opposition voices from the airwaves has made it difficult to control public protests. He says the CUD is working with the European Union to negotiate opposition access to government broadcasters. He says lately, the opposition has had to rely on international broadcasters, such as the VOA and Deutsche Welle, to reach the public.