Editors Guild Ethiopia launched the web portal, developed with support from Unesco, on Thursday.

Editors Guild Ethiopia Launches Web Portal for Safety of Journalists

ADDIS ABABA – The Editors Guild Ethiopia (EGE) has unveiled an online portal dedicated to monitoring the safety of journalists in the country.

The digital platform – developed with support from UNESCO – was officially launched on Thursday, March 14, 2024.

It aims to serve as a monitoring and advocacy tool to help defend press freedom and tackle impunity for crimes against journalists.

Per the portal, Ethiopian journalists encounter numerous challenges physical attacks, arbitrary arrests, threats, and online harrassments while reporting particularly on sensitive topics such as corruption, human rights violations, or political unrest.

The situation gets even worse as freedom of the press and independent media are under threat when violence against journalists goes unpunished, it says.

With the support of the portal, EGE seeks to monitor, report and advocate for follow-up actions by duty and right bearers, intending to improve the safety of journalists in Ethiopia.

The alert monitoring portal is available in three languages – English, Amharic, and Afan Oromo.

“The Web Portal promises to provide support to media officials through essential data for advocacy,” Unesco Representative to Ethiopia Rita Bissoonau said in a message read by the UN Agency’s education chief Dr. Abdoulaye Salifou.

“Furthermore, the portal prioritizes the safety of women journalists,” said Bissoonauth, who is also Director of Unesco Addis Ababa Liaison Office to AU and ECA.