CIMA Q&A with Yohannes Eneyew Ayalew: The Dangers of Media “Ethnification” in Ethiopia

As a civil war fought along regional and ethnic lines rages in Ethiopia, similar lines of conflict have been drawn across the country’s media sector. Ethiopia’s ethnicized politics are seeping into the media sector, with media houses aligned with a single linguistic group promoting narratives that deepen political polarization. In an interview with CIMA, Ethiopian legal scholar and 2020 Open Internet for Democracy Leader Yohannes Eneyew Ayalew discusses this issue of media “ethnification” in Ethiopia.