Ethiopia: Temesgen arrested for exposing Mayor Abiebie 40 million birr scandal..

Today, the editor and journalist of Filith Political Magazine, Temesgen Desalegn and a colleague was arrested at his offices. There is a very simple explanation for his arrest today. The editor and journalist has exposed something the authorities and the ruling regime didn’t want out.

Journalist Temesgen wrote a story involving Addis Abeba Mayor Adanech Abiebie. Who suddenly got 40 million birr by former Attorney General Berhanu Tsegaye. Because the journalist published a story, where the solicited funds was questioned and therefore, this was already in he search warrant for the journalist.

There must be something shady with the story. As the authorities came knocking to the doors and the office of the journalist. The journalist must have found some insights and truths, which the Ambassador to Djibouti Tsegaye and Mayor Abiebie doesn’t want out. They have deliberately gone after him for publishing it. To stop the story from further escalating.

However, because the authorities did this. There will be more digging into. Since, the public want to wonder why he got arrested for publishing it. What is the Mayor and Ambassador hiding? Why did the money switch hands? Why did the mayor get this bonus or this kick-back? What was offered and for what reasons?

It is just foolish to arrest Temesgen over this. They are just validating the truth behind his piece. This is also taking the freedom of expression and liberty to publish whatever you feel like. Since, the police are behind the arrest. They made the warrants and wants to silence a man who unleashed the truth.

There is plenty of political prisoners all across the Federal Republic these days. That is the reality. Temesgen is just one of thousands. Therefore, he is just a proof of a rotten system going after their own. The Prosperity Party doesn’t need enemies abroad, they create enough at home. This because, anyone who dissent from them will be punished.

Now, Temesgen is behind bars. Just because he exposed the truth. A truth that was to much for the mayor and the ambassador. Peace.

Lesotho: New restrictive law for social media and online content

In Lesotho, the authorities and the lawmakers are proposing a new law. Which, if a person has more than 100 followers on Social Media. This meaning Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp or heck, even TicTok. They got to get license to broadcast and the Lesotho Communications Authority (LCA) have the access to remove content from the set-user.

This is what everything boils down too. That the state are willing to interfere and control the users. The smartest thing the citizens could do. Is to create various of profiles and have cohorts of people in the margin of 99 people. So, that they don’t have to comply with the new regulation.

Because, if they reach a 100 people. They will need a license. These people will need to comply with the rules of the LCA. They must deliver paperwork on who they are, identification, also proof of residence and business.

This is all done to follow and ensure the LCA can remove and block certain content by users of social media in Lesotho. That means that the LCA practically can remove all sort of content it deems as unfit. If a person has over 100 followers, which is a limited reach.

This is the new “internet broadcasting” rules of 2020. Any sort of internet post going out to a fixed number. Got to comply with this regulation. That is how frighten and how fearful the authorities is. If it is a web page, a social media post or a Youtube video. The LCA got to verify the content before its published. If not, they have the rights to delete it and deactivate it.

This here is interfering in people’s privacy. In their direct communication and usage of modern platforms. A way of licensing and authorising people to publish content. In manner, which an Authority will have oversight and direct control. Where they have the legal jurisdiction to remove or delete content as they see fit. If that being a blogpost, a Facebook-Update, a Tweet and even a Message within WhatsApp. The state can through the Authority get rid of that. This is what it means.

The representatives, the government and the ones governing Lesotho is so afraid of their population. So, they have the need to have the power and the legislation to have total control of the flow of information and content online. Because, it is restrictive to have access to every social media, every webpage and such with 100 followers. There isn’t many whose underneath that currently on a platform. This is a deliberate act to have an oversight over most of the public’s content in the Kingdom. Peace.

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Tanzania: Nobody is more afraid of the truth, than President Magufuli

Nobody in the world right now is more afraid for the truth then President Joseph Magufuli. Why do I say this?

Well, no one I know in power has challenged the free press, the social media and all content in the way President Magufuli and Chama Cha Mapundzi (CCM) have done during his first term in power. No one has made it so difficult and made cracked down on the media houses like him.

President Magufuli is a coward. You cannot release statistics without getting an okay. You have to register your blog, the content and everything to the authorities. Newspapers and radios has lost license over broadcasting simple truths. Journalists behind bars and so fourth.

You cannot post a lot of different content online now. Like you cannot post content in concern with spreading news about disease, activism or demonstrations and so much more. Just like previous laws, the foreign news-broadcasters had to submit their films before publishing them. To see if the authorities would accept their content.

Today, the new regulation is that the local broadcasters are not allowed to broadcast content from foreign broadcasters, unless it has been verified and accepted by the same authorities. This is continuing the battle against the free press.

There is no revision of a law in connection to the media, free speech or content, that is not made with consideration of valuing the free speech. Instead it is made to secure the message and spread the message that the state wants.

The CCM and the President have added and added. Taken more and more measures. It is an overbearing enterprise, where everyone involved in media and online has to follow the regulations and laws. Unless, they want to be suspended or loose their licenses. Even paying the authorities to be a blogger and register their social media accounts.

Magufuli is so afraid of the written word, on-air and news on TV. That his prerogative apparently. It been part of his memo to the world. That his fearing the truth, fearing the reporting and people looking into his work. Because, he only wants to rubber-stamp everything and control all things.

That’s why the media is bruised and compromised by the state. This is all deliberate. Magufuli knows this and the CCM wants to censor the media.

Magufuli is afraid of the truth, if you know, now you know. Peace.

Opinion: The Duterte Administration doesn’t want a free-media, but a gang of YES-MEN!

Today its official the House of Representative has put the nail in the coffin for the renewal of the media house and franchise ABS-CBN. This has been an on-going battle for the media company and its associates. What this does is close radio stations across the Republic and also TV stations. They are deliberately closing one of the strong independent media houses.

ABS-CBN have had the ability to actually bring content of facts. Yes, it has its wrong like everyone does. Everyone who publish, distribute and address news will sooner or later do blunders. What this Presidency is doing is to silence and muffle media houses that dares to question them. Just like Ressa of Rappler, the ABS-CBN is in the same regard. They dared to have provocative ads and such in the campaign ahead of this administration. That’s why this sort of thing is a retaliation, as the Congress is filled with YES-MEN and people blindly loyal to the President. He won the recent mid-term election and has less of opposition to ever stop him. Everyone that oppose get into dire waters and awaiting sharks.

ABS-CBN now is in the same waters. Rappler, which is a small digital operation has survived. Even when the authorities and the state has challenged it at every possible way. Now the media house of ABS-CBN is getting detained and possibly closed because it offended the Don in the previous Presidential Elections.

There is no other way to see this. It is a political retaliation. They can use legal means and spin-it, but that is the end-game. If ABS-CBN had been positive and been less objective, if it had been as friendly as GMA and 24 Oras. They wouldn’t come in this situation. The ABS-CBN is here, because it dares to question the powers to be. It dares to challenge and also go nuts about it. If it didn’t do that and was a only broadcasting what Malacanang and the PCOO wants spread. They are just to copy verbatim and memos without questioning it.

If you do that? Then, your in trouble. Big trouble, possibly either losing your job or getting court-side. The government will figure one way or another to bring you down.

With this in mind. If anyone in the House of Representatives that voted for the closure of ABS-CBN ever speaks of freedom of speech and liberty to express themselves. Than, they got to look in the mirror and remember what they did today. The 70 members should be remember, because they clearly don’t give an rats ass about freedom of expression. They are just loyal lackey’s of Duterte.

This here shows that this administration again doesn’t trust the media to cover their actions. Neither, does it accept them pressing on issues. They are just supposed to dance along with the President and his team. Not supposed to question or speak up. If you do?

You gone go missing and be denied. Just like the ABS-CBN or Rappler who both been under fire. The ones loosing out is the public, the employees and in the end, also the men who stopped ABS-CBN. Unless they want to clap in the same echo-chamber and wants the same psalms to sing from Manila to Davao. They just wants empty-headed tabloids and scripted songs in favour of the administration. These representative don’t want to be questioned or investigated by reports. They want to have empty love like celebrities.

These people want the red-carpet treatment, they want to be kissed and get the love. That’s why they are closing ABS-CBN. To prove a point, but its a flawed point. Only undressing their motives and the message is clear.

If you don’t show us love, we will close you down. Peace.

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