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VOA reinstates Horn of Africa director

By Abebe Gellaw

The Voice of America (VOA) has reversed its decision to suspend its Horn of Africa chief, David Arnold. After Addis Voice published a disturbing story on censorship and questionable actions taken against Mr. Arnold for comments he made recently in a June 23rd VOA report, VOA bosses held a series of crisis meetings and decided to reinstate him, informed sources disclosed.

Addis Voice briefly talked to Mr. Arnold who confirmed that he got his job back. But Mr. Arnold declined to make comments on the issue. He directed any inquiries on this matter to VOA’s public relations office to which we have posed a few more serious questions.

Meanwhile, VOA Acting Director and Executive Editor, Mr. Steve Redisch, has written to Addis Voice saying that the June 23rd VOA report on three Board of Broadcasting Governors visit to Ethiopia was “inaccurate”.

“There have been inaccurate reports about the tone and substance of an official meeting on June 22 between members of the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors and Ethiopian Communication Affairs Minister Bereket Simon,” he said.

According to Mr. Redisch, the controversial report “aired June 23 on VOA Horn of Africa programs and appeared on its website inaccurately characterized the nature of Ethiopian government complaints about VOA’s programs.

“Contrary to the VOA report, at no time did Ethiopian government officials ask the Board members to prohibit any individuals from appearing on VOA programs. Consistent with VOA’s standards of accuracy and not for reasons of self-censorship, the report was taken off the website,” Redisch said in a brief statement he sent to Addis Voice. However, our sources have contradicted Mr. Redisch’s statement.

“Bereket Simon has indeed made the outrageous demands. Sooner or later copies of the controversial document will be made public,” he said.

Stay tuned for more details on VOA censorship saga.

3 thoughts on “VOA reinstates Horn of Africa director

  1. How could an Ethiopian be represented by the most uneducated ugly nonsense Bereket simon. Whenever i see or read anything about him related to my beloved country Ethio, i always feel embarrassed. He is an embarrassment to Our nation. Believe me it is not that far these tyrants will face justice and actually bereket is not normal, he is already a crazy man as we have seen from his situation and as other sources explained about his health situation. Millions are starving but these tyrants are buying 200 tanks by the money obtained from aid. We have to wake up people, these bush people do not have guts. Wake up wake up brothers and sisters………………………………….

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