Joe Michael (17 December 2008) The one time EPRDF dedicated news paper; the Reporter is increasingly unfolding wrongs of the EPRDF and its ruthless cadres. The owner and the chief editor of the news paper is known for being a member and supporter of EPRDF. He was also known for his biased views against the opposition’s during the 2005 election and the unjustified slaughtering of the closed to 200 peaceful citizens.
However, the newspaper lately attracted many attentions, including opposition members when it begun writing about the injustice and the fraudulent court system. His associates and EPRDF hardliners are stunned by his statements. Many yet believe that he started talking about the injustice only after he was subjected for illegitimate arrest and beatings. Recently, he was detained by his accusers and taken hundreds of miles away where he was jailed for several days.
In the aftermath of the alleged arrest of the chief editor, the Reporter steadily, began telling unheard stories. He appealed for due process and justice. He condemned unlawful arrests. He called on transparency with regards to the relationship between government authorities and their business partners. In its most recent edition, the news paper boldly appealed to the Prime Minister about the huge corruption in his government and urged the PM to clean his cabinet from corruption.
Although it was amazing to hear such criticizing stories from the Reporter, truth is always truth regardless of who tells it. Whether the Reporter said it or not, government authorities are above the law in Ethiopia. Moreover, all government authorities, including the Prime Minister repeatedly rejected to make their assets public. By all mean, the reasons are clear and indubitable.