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Fact-Checking Training for Ethiopian media to combat dis/mal/mis-information

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (2021): With the increasing production, distribution and consumption of digital content, the spread of misinformation on various online media platforms has gathered speed in Ethiopia, in the past few years, fanning ethnic strife, causing distrust among a variety of groups and cultures, eroding tolerance and co-existence among people and communities, and more …

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Ethiopia’s New Media Law Opens Sector for Investment and Self-Regulation

February 2, 2021 February, 2021, is shaping up to be one of the most instrumental periods in the history of the Ethiopia’s media sector. How? On the 2nd of February the Ethiopian legislative body has taken a monumental step in adopting a new media law; a piece of legislation considered to be the most progressive …

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ETHIOPIA IS UNSHACKLING THE MEDIA, BUT TRUE INDEPENDENCE WILL DEPEND ON REFORMS

Ethiopia’s government communications minister has said media and communication reforms are underway with key stakeholders invited for all-hands-on-deck improvement agenda. But what are the important changes the country’s media needs to undergo to function properly? Henok Fente of MERSA Media Institute explains on a special report for CIMA.  By Henok Fente Just a few months ago, …

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Fact-checking round-table discussion

Roundtable Discussions on Setting Up Fact-checking Teams in Ethiopian Newsrooms (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) On the 14th and 15th of December 2020, a roundtable discussion on how to set-up fact-checking teams in Ethiopian Newsrooms was held with managers and editors from four media outlets, namely Fana Broadcasting Corporation, Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation, Addis Fortune and Ethiopia Insider. …

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Editors Guild Ethiopia (EGE) organizational documents handover

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: MERSA Media Institute handed over organizational documents to Editors Guild Ethiopia Board, December 8th, 2020.  The handover ceremony commenced with an opening remark from the executive director of MERSA Media Institute (MMI), Henok Fente. Then, Fiker Tadesse, project manager of MMI described the work that was done in developing the six organizational …

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UNDERSTANDING JOURNALIST ASSOCIATIONS IN ETHIOPIA

In March 2019, Ethiopia’s oldest journalist association called members of the media for a press conference to commemorate its 50th anniversary. Ethiopia Hotel, founded within the same decade as the association, was the chosen venue. Two service staffers were busy handing out golden jubilee banners—a last-minute effort to get the conference room ready.Meseret Atalay, president …

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THEORY OF CHANGE

Our media training project partnerships are designed to create a stable, peaceful and prosperous Ethiopia where diversity of views, identities and interests are respected and engrained in robust public discourse.

Reporting on Regional and National Economies

MERSA Media Institute believes facilitating specialized hands-on practical and technical skills trainings essential to journalists to gather, analyze and disseminate information is key to democratic progress in Ethiopia. In October, 2018, our organization in collaboration with Amhara Mass Media Agency and the Amhara Regional State conducted a workshop focused on reporting on regional and national …

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Business and Economic Reporting Workshop

MERSA Media Institute held a two-week media training workshop in Addis Ababa,Ethiopia for journalists at Addis Fortune (September – October 2018). The workshop focusedon Business and Economic reporting for new and existing staff at the largest circulating business weekly newspaper