MERSA Media Institute has successfully implemented media research and training workshops in partnership with the British government, the European Journalism Center and cost-sharing projects with U.S. based Center for International Media Assistance, national and regional media in Ethiopia.
SW3 4LY, Developing Independent Media Associations in Ethiopia: Challenges and Opportunities for New Reform (February–April 2019) MERSA Media Institute, in partnership with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom, conducted a research project examining the role journalist associations play in the development of professional standards, regulatory mechanisms and advancement of free speech in Ethiopia. The study identified existing professional associations, legal and political restrictions limiting their functions, and their capacity to fulfil their civic duties.
MERSA Media Institute in partnership with the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) gathered a group of 20 stakeholders and experts in Ethiopia’s media sector to help outline a series of actions that should be taken over the next year to strengthen the current reform process, particularly by building space for dialogue and consultation around key institutions. The discussions led to a document highlighting recommendations that help ensure growth of independent and professional journalism and respond to the challenges of misinformation and hate speech in a manner that safeguards freedom of expression.
MERSA Media Institute held a two-week media training workshop in Addis Ababa for journalists that work at Addis Fortune—the largest circulating weekly business newspaper in Ethiopia. The workshop focused on business and economic reporting.The lead trainer for the project, Henok Fente, designed the curriculum and implemented the workshop in collaboration with Addis Fortune’s in-house training wing; and the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa, which provided assistance in technology and the training venue. Participants received practical reporting and writing trainings. They were introduced to the functions and legal responsibilities of financial institutions in Ethiopia to help enhance their understanding of beat reporting and reporting on national issues.