June 14, 2021
Regarding: The BBC’s news webpage has widely spread a malicious rumor against Ethiopian media by publishing Alex de Waal’s analysis titled, “Ethiopia Tigray crisis: Warnings of genocide and famine”. In his article, without naming names, de Waal claimed: Some Ethiopian media have expressed ethnic animosity towards Tigrayans, with derogatory language used indiscriminately to tar all Tigrayans with the alleged misdeeds of the TPLF…” Furthermore, he alleged that “Dehumanizing words such as “daylight hyenas” and “unfamiliar others” are used to foment hatred.”
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