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December 28, 2013
Deutsche Welle (DW) Broadcasting Board,
Mr. Klaus Bergmann
Leiter Internationale Angelegenheiten
Dear Mr. Bergmann,
It came to our attention through our members the December 8, 2013 program on DW Amharic program, which we found to be insensitive and derogatory to the single largest ethnic group in the horn of Africa, the Oromo people. We, members of the Union of Oromo student in Europe-Germany (UOSG) and the Oromo community residing in Germany, therefore are deeply offended by DW’s Amharic Service program which was defamatory and discriminatory against the Oromo people of Ethiopia to say the least.
What disappoint us the most is, The well respected international media like Deutsche Welle (DW), which aspires itself to promote intercultural dialogue, to work to further international understanding and tolerance, to communicate the values of a liberal democracy and to support respect for human rights, to be used for hate propaganda like Radio Rwanda and Radio Télévision Libre des Mille Collines of the Rwanda was used during the Rwanda genocidal era.
Our compliant and disappointment begin with the way this specific program was represented. By inviting two professors of history representing the right wing extreme ideology and an economist from the Oromo side the host has deliberately set up unbalanced and unfair discussion forum about the darkest historical event in the Ethiopian Empire. Even though the declared aim of this program was to conduct a fair discussion about Oromo and Emperor Menelik II, the lack of proper representation to tell the Oromo narrative in the presence of extremist that harbored hate towards the Oromo have made the so called discussion a hate propaganda. More over we are forced to assume the moderator intention to be deliberate during the program, when he tolerated if not cheered the inflammatory and derogatory comments from the two guests. To put gas into flame the moderator also engaged himself in discrediting and disrespecting his honorable guest representing the counter argument. It is with this respect we are forced to write this letter to inform the broadcasting board this inflammatory and discriminatory program targeting the single largest ethnic group in the horn of Africa.
Dear Mr. Bergmann, to put things in to context, the Oromo people are the single largest ethnic group in East Africa and make up a significant portion of the population occupying the Horn of Africa. In the Ethiopian alone, Oromo constitute about ~40% of the population (close to 40 million) of the Ethiopian . During their long history, the Oromo developed their own uniquely democratic political and social institution known as the Gadaa system . During the late 19th century, King Menelik of Abyssinia conquered the vast Oromo land that now constitutes most of the landmass of the present day Ethiopia. The conquest was very bloody with an estimated 5 million Oromos either killed as a result of the wars or the aftermath plagues. The survivors were evicted from their ancestral land and turned into serfs or sold as slaves with no national right to the Oromo language, culture, history and their beloved socio-political institution, the Gadaa system. After the conquest the entire Oromo and their socio political values are banned from their own country (Oromia) and labeled as the enemies of the state under the imperial regimes of Menelik and then Haile-Selassie II . They have been given a derogatory name called “Galla,” which is banned from public speech in Ethiopia today.
Therefore what angered us and forced us to write this letter is the fact that those views reflected on the December 8, 2013 program which harbored hate, discrimination and a wish for the return of this darkest historical era for millions of Oromo and other oppressed nations and nationalities in the Ethiopian empire is the view of neo-feudal extremist. Those guests invited cheered by the moderator explicitly stated on air that the name Oromo itself was controversial, implying Oromos should be called ‘Galla’ even today. One of the invited guests, Dr. Haile Larebo, went further to question the identity and own history of the Oromo people by saying the entire history of the Oromo people, was “myth and fiction”. Those guests went further to declare the gadaa system which most anthropological and historical studies find to be the most democratic and egalitarian socio-political system in the world to be synonymous with terror and destruction. What’s deeply saddening is, all through this, the DW’s Amharic Service moderator as a responsible and ethical journalist neither did stop the inflammatory statements of the guest nor entertain the counter argument given by the third guest. The moderator went further to dismiss and discredit the third guest who was supposed to represent the Oromo narrative mainly because these inflammatory statements against the Oromo people fitted the moderator editorial position. We found this to be irresponsible, unethical and racially biased journalism.
It is well observed that to systematically ridiculed Oromo values and propagates inflammatory remarks about the Oromo people have become a common practice in most of the past and present Ethiopian empire elite dominated media in Ethiopia and abroad. Even though such practice are also acceptable in the current Ethiopia empire due to a continuing subjugation and oppression policies of the successive Ethiopian political elites and government, in a free world like Germany and a free international media like Deutsch well (DW) this is utterly unacceptable. The use of one of the free media outlets in the world, DW, by those extremists to praise the ‘Black Hitler of Oromo people’ and to question the very existence of more than 40million people not only offended this great people but also put the independencies and the very mission of DW stated in its mission policy in to question.
As we love and respect DW as a reliable source of information, we do not believe that this incident was an intended mission of the DW in General to spread such an offending message to the Oromo audience worldwide nor do we surely mean that it happened deliberately; rather we want to remind that it should not happen again.
We those who live in freedom and democracy believe in dialogues of mutual benefit, working up the past and promoting a better future.
With this context we, the Union of Oromo students in Europe-Germany (UOSG) would kindly ask DW broadcasting board:
•To Investigate the point of our complaint
•To take appropriate measures and disciplinary measure in case of misconduct
•To air a balanced program on this issue again
•For an official apology for the Oromo people for the moral damages the program caused
•To take appropriate measures to preempt future recurrence by considering the establishment of the Afaan oromo program by taking the experience of other international media like voice of America (VOA) and others with similar radio program and.
•To revise the editorial policies of the DW-Amharic program by consulting every stake holders and consumers of this media outlet.
We would like also to point out the ever increasing Oromo residents in Germany after fleeing their homeland for fear of political motivated persecutions and the Oromo mass in Ethiopia are the number one audiences of the DW-Amharic program and therefore are the most offended by this program. Therefore as a responsible Germany resident and adopted citizen we demand our complaints to be addressed as soon as possible and would be immoral and irresponsible to ignore this compliant. We expect your immediate response to our letter.
With Kind Regards!
Union of Oromo Students in Europe - Germany
Cc: - Valentin Schmidt, Chairman of the Broadcasting Board
- Johannes Hoffmann, Head of Corporate Communications and spokesperson
- Martina Bertram, Editor Corporate Communications
- Günther Nooke, Member of Broadcasting Board, Africa Commissioner
Union of Oromo student in Europe-Germany (UOSG) is a student organization based in Germany. Founded in 1974 in Germany and has members throughout Germany, Europe and Ethiopia.
Central Statistical Agency (2008) „Population size of Regions by Nations/Nationalities (ethnic group) and Place of Residence: 2007" Census 2007. Addis Ababa: Central Statistical Agency. p. 66.
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3. Legesse, A. 1973. Gada: Three Approaches to the Study of African Society. New York: The Free Press.
Cornelius John Jaenen, Southwestern journal of anthropology, v.12, no.2 – 1956
Ethiopia is a federal republic. On August 20, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi died. The ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) elected then deputy prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn to take Meles’s place as chairman of the party. The EPRDF subsequently nominated him for the post of prime minister. On September 21, parliament elected Hailemariam as prime minister. In national parliamentary elections in 2010, the EPRDF and affiliated parties won 545 of 547 seats to remain in power for a fourth consecutive five-year term. Although the relatively few international officials allowed to observe the elections concluded technical aspects of the vote were handled competently, some also noted that an environment conducive to free and fair elections was not in place prior to the election.
Security forces generally reported to civilian authorities; however, there were instances in which special police and local militias acted independently of civilian control. The most significant human rights problems included restrictions on freedom of expression and association through politically motivated trials and convictions of opposition political figures, activists, journalists, and bloggers, as well as increased restrictions on print media. In July security forces used force against and arrested Muslims who protested against alleged government interference in religious affairs. The government continued restrictions on civil society and non governmental organization (NGO) activities imposed by the Charities and Societies Proclamation (CSO).
Other human rights problems included arbitrary killings; allegations of torture, beating, abuse, and mistreatment of detainees by security forces; reports of harsh and at times life-threatening prison conditions; arbitrary arrest and detention; detention without charge and lengthy pretrial detention; a weak, overburdened judiciary subject to political influence; infringement on citizens’ privacy rights, including illegal searches; allegations of abuses in the implementation of the government’s “villagization” program; restrictions on academic freedom; restrictions on freedom of assembly, association, and movement; alleged interference in religious affairs; limits on citizens’ ability to change their government; police, administrative, and judicial corruption; violence and societal discrimination against women and abuse of children; female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C); exploitation of children for economic and sexual purposes; trafficking in persons; societal discrimination against persons with disabilities; clashes between ethnic minorities; discrimination against persons based on their sexual orientation and against persons with HIV/AIDS; limits on worker rights; forced labor; and child labor, including forced child labor.
Impunity was a problem. The government, with some reported exceptions, generally did not take steps to prosecute or otherwise punish officials who committed abuses other than corruption. Factions of the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), an ethnically based, violent, and fragmented separatist group operating in the Somali Region, were responsible for abuses. Members of the separatist Afar Revolutionary Democratic Union Front (ARDUF) claimed responsibility for a January attack on a group of foreign tourists in the Afar Region.
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(Qeerroo.org) – Jiraattota magaalaa Finfinnee kanneen ta’an Oromooti jireenya nagaa jiraatanii fi sabboonummaa qaban humna ergamtoota Wayyaaneen adamfamaa akka jiranii fi hidhaa hin beekamnetti geeffamaa akka jiran gabaasi Qeerroo Finfinnee addeessa. Hanga ammaatti Oromooti maqaan isaanii argamee fi bakka amma jiraatanii irraa hidhaman keessaa gariin akka armaa gadiiti.
Since the end of 19th century Oromo and the majority of Ethiopian peoples have been victims of open and systematic genocide polices of successive Abyssinian ruling classes. Historical records have been indicating that the majority of peoples in Ethiopia have been living in environments characterized by unabated killings, repression, and oppressions orchestrated by successive tyrant and dictatorial regimes for more than a century. Groups or individuals who dare to raise the question of their identity are considered as the enemies of the empire and languish in the tyranny jail. Read More
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It is a conviction of tyrants that crushing dissents is the only way to move forwards. They don’t have the courage to face the bitter truth and brave hearts of their own citizens. By so doing, they exacerbate the already complex and unbearable situation and push the matter further to the brink. By killing one, they will help the birth of thousands and millions of Jirenya, who are ready to fight to the end for the right and dignity of their people and their land.
That is exactly what is happening right at the hero memorial held for Jirenya in different part of Wollega. They have vowed to keep their promise to each other and to the soul of Jirenya, that his sacrifice will inspire their life and their struggle until they achieve their goal. Students and fellow Oromo’s in Haroo, Limmuu, Diggaa, Saasiggaa, Eebantuu, Kiiramuu, Dhukkee, Dongoroo, Amuruu, Jaartee and other places have held a candle light ceremony in his remembrance, chanting and vowing to keep the cause going.
Jirenya has lived an exemplary life and had paid the biggest sacrifice for the cause of his people. He preferred to die on his feet than to live on his knees, leaving the rest of the job behind for us.
Let’s move the barrier, let’s make the monster in 4 kilo and his brutality only a matter history. Let us act NOW!!!
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Tokkummaa Baratoota Oromo Biyyaa Jarmani dame Munshin /TBOM/ saganta kabajjaa Guyyaa Gootota Oromoo geggefachuuf miseensoota isaaf Oromoota nannoo magalaa Munshin afeera godhee akka saganteefateetti sagantaa isaa milkii gariidhaaan xumuratte jira.
Akkumma beekamu sagantan irra jaalan walsimana hirmatoota,eeba mangudoota, sirna ibsa /shamma/ yaadannoo gootota QBOfi waregamani, jaalewwan dargagoo ta qabsoo Oromoo keessatti qoda gudda qabanin, Ibsa seena qabeesumma guyyaa gootota Oromoo Obbo Kasim Alitiin; Gahe gootowwaan Oromo QBO keessatti Obbo Getachew Chamadattin; Walaloo mata dureen isaa “Oromiyyaa kiyaa” kan jedhamuu dhagefachuun; gahee gootowan Oromo QBO keessatti argamisisaniif haala QBO yeroo amma irra jiruuf gara fuula duratti kan jedhu obbo abba Milkitin ibsa kenname sirna caaaqafameera. Read more
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Waamicha hiriira nagaa magaalaa Berlinitti.
Gara Oromoota hunda.
Lammii keenya nagaan haa gayuu.
Akka hundi keenya quba qabnuutti, yeroo amma kana mootummaan TPLF / EPRDF biyya keenya Oromiyaa jeeqaa , hunkuraa , uummata Oromoo mana hidhaatti guura fi ajjeesa jira.
Haala kana akka lammii Oromootti cal jennee ilaalu hin qabnuu.
Kanaaf, uummata keenya isa daraaramaa, dhiignii isaa dhangalaa fi dhumaa jiru, sagalee isa ta `u dhaan, mootummoota addunyaatti beeksisuuf, waamicha hiriira nagaa isinii goone.
Ajjeechaa, hidhaa fi reebichii Oromoo irra gayaa jiru kun na ilaala, lammii irra qaba, lammii kootu dhiignii isaa dhangalaa jira kan jedhuu hundii, hiriira kana irratti qooda fudhachuu qaba jenne hubana.
Tokkummaan waliin dirmanee, biyya keenya fi saba keenyaaf haa dhaabanuu.
Guyyaa hiriira: 09.05.2014
Bakka: Bundeskanzleramt fuula dura ( auf dem Platz zwischen Paul-Löbe-Allee und Otto-von-Bismark-Allee )
Yeroo ( Sa `aa ) : 9,00
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