VOA investigating distortion allegations By Dawit Ashenafi

August 29th, 2014 Print Print Email Email

(Addis Voice) The Voice of America says it has begun a thorough investigation into allegations of deliberate distortions at VOA Amharic Service. Kevin Lynch, acting director of public relations at VOA, confirmed that the allegations are being probed in earnest.

The director of VOA, David Esor,also noted in a statement he gave to VOA Horn of Africa that he would do everything in his power to address the complaints.

The director was quoted by VOA Tigrigna as saying: “When complaints are made that VOA has made errors, we investigate the report, and if an error has been made, we correct the error, and apologize for it.”

Scores of Ethiopian-Americans staged a protest rally on Monday in Washington D.C. at the State Department. The protesters demanded, among other things, that VOA should stop the deliberate distortions at VOA by the sympathizers of the tyrannical regime in Ethiopia. The protest followed a recent VOA Amharic report by Henok Semaegzer Fente that allegedly misrepresented and deliberately distorted facts related to the revocation of an honor bestowed on Hailemariam Desalegn by Azusa Pacific University.

David Ensor, who worked for NPR, ABC News and CNN in his long spanning journalism career, sworn in as the 28th Director of the Voice of America on June 16, 2011, it was learned.
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The following was originally reported by VOA Tigrigna on August 25th, as summarized and translated by Ethiomedia.

VOA Director David Ensor has responded to the protest held at the State Department. He said there were resentments being heard from every direction, and he would work to his full capacity to address the issues.

The director said VOA should feel whether it is content with the coverage of the Ethiopian Diaspora protest rally in front of the State Department.

We respect the complaints one of which is how VOA Horn of Africa section covers events with fairness. All VOA Language Services work hard to make their reports as fair as possible. VOA occasionally sees the fairness of its reports and services vis-a-vis its reputation.

On some occasions, VOA has drawn critical complaints from several sources who complain that the VOA reporting lacks honesty and balance.

While the [Ethiopian] government accuses us of “broadcasting extremely harsh news reports,” the Ethiopian Diaspora on their part accuse us of broadcasting reports not critical enough on the government [in Ethiopia].

No matter from where the complaint comes, the director said, VOA should work diligently and attentively. When complaints are made that we have made errors, we investigate the report, and if an error has been made, we correct the error, and apologize for it.

We thank all those who stand by our side during our broadcasting services of news and information, David Ensor said.

The protesting members of the Diaspora at State Department complained VOA, instead of serving the people, broadcasts reports that kill the hopes of the people, and this has been felt since some individuals joined VOA.

  1. gfoo
    | #1

    It is good someone is doing his job of investigating those in VOA who distorted reality and tried to toss the truth under the rug. But Ethiopians in the forefront went beyond the call of duty and uncovered the truth to all to see the truth in its vivid colors.

    Not only Ethiopians did uncover the reality and the truth, they also have become the vanguard and are now leading the rest of the listeners to the ultimate truth of attaining victory. Definitely, the two useless the mouth of woyane, Henock and Peter, either they have to willingly resign from the post they did not deserve, in the first place or will be forced to bow to humiliation and defeat in the rest global community.

  2. Tizbit
    | #2

    The purpose of VOA international is to broadcast mainly to all humanity around the glob the core purpose of democracy. Within the boundary of one country VOA shouldn’t be worried to balance its broadcasting effort, if it is only Broadcasting the truth as it is. That is Journalism 101. VOA should not involve deliberately to broadcast propaganda in support of the Government of Ethiopia and alienate the people.

    While the [Ethiopian] government accuses us of “broadcasting extremely harsh news reports,” the Ethiopian Diaspora on their part accuse us of broadcasting reports not critical enough on the government [in Ethiopia].

    This is pitiful, No one will accept this from the director of VOA. Get your acts together an lead as a leader.

  3. baldy
    | #3

    For sure, the investigation would lead to being both Henock and Peter letting go; then, once the housekeeping is done, professionalism shall be established and flourished in the course of delivering news and other programs. This would definitely be achieved if the investigation is conducting in a timely manner with through investigation to uncover and expose those quakes and spies planted into VOA the fascist regime is looting and murdering Ethiopians for the last twenty-two years.

    Ethiopians, keep the fight, keep the faith as you definitely defeat the fascist regime for once and for all.

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