Perhaps the former USA President Donald
Trump was right after all. Some of CNN’s unprofessional reporters are
dragging its reputation to the lowest possible level of journalism. The
question is, can the CNN redeem its reputation for fair reporting?
All the CNN’s current news reports on
events in Northern Ethiopia has all been a hearsay and lacks concrete evidence
and is devoid of journalistic professional ethics. The reports are unbalanced,
biased and unfairly prejudiced. The officials of the terrorist Tigray Peoples’
Liberation Front (TPLF) made solemn promise to destroy the ancient land of a very
proud nation, Ethiopians. CNN became the mouthpiece of the, TPLF the agents of
destruction who openly vowed to carry
out their mission even if it takes them “to
go to hell and back[i]”. All CNN’s reports
regarding Ethiopia lack objectivity and clearly biased. Their journalists’
investigations were not meant to look for the truth, but unfortunately based on
hearsay to justify a preconceived projection, seeking evidence that supports
their half-baked theory. They misrepresented facts to suit their intended goals
and never attempted resort to proper investigation. Whenever CNN
reporters venture out for “field investigation” they don’t seem to be
interested in the truth, but rather just focus on gathering fake facts which
would help them surf safely along the social media. Finding the truth seems to
be their least interest. A journalist without open mind is not a journalist but
a party-political activist.
Let us demonstrate what happens when a
pseudo researcher conducts an experiment with a preconceived conjecture.
A researcher decided to experiment on
one of the five senses of a flea.
He caught four fleas and held them in a
special small glass jar. He carried out the following four experiments.
He took out the first flea. He cut out
one of its six legs. He said “jump!” and released. The flea disappeared into
the thin air. He picked up his pen and wrote down the result of his first
experiment on a paper.
He took out the second flea. He cut out
two of its six legs. He shouted: “Jump!” and released it. With a little pose,
the flea jumped and disappeared. He again picked up his pen wrote down on the
same paper his findings of second experiment.
He took out the third flea. He cut out
three of its legs. He shouted: “jump!” At first it fell on its chest. After
tattering for a while, the poor insect managed to jump somehow. Again, he
picked up his pen grinning. He wrote down on the paper his findings of the
third experiment. He was almost close to finding out his intended
He could have stopped his experiment at
the third victim. However, for validity of his experiment, he took out the
fourth flea. He cut four of its six legs and shouted “Jump! Jump! Jump!” No
response. The creature was crawling in agony falling flat.
The researcher wrote his conclusion
with a great sense of discovery.
“If you cut four of the six legs of a
flea, it cannot hear you!”
The lesson from this is you can do whatever you
want to do with material evidence you have in your hands but to use that to fit
one’s own foretold conclusion is stupidity. That seems to be the case with the
CNN reporting and Ethiopia today. The Sudanese born CNN reporter Nima
Elbagir did just that. Nima and her colleagues ventured
out to find evidence to prove the Government of Ethiopia has committed “war
crime” against Tigrayans, but not in search of the truth. It won the 2021 award
for fake reporting.
Nima Elbagir and her crew were
given an opportunity to visit Ethiopia for primary data collection. They were
all over the Northern region of the
country, including the Amhara and Tigray regions. Nima’s mind was fixated on
one thing only: a clue for Tigrayan victims! They took her to Mai Kadra and
showed her what the TPLF and Samri youth did to the indigenous Amhara people.
More than 1,100 people were massacred in that place. She was given the
opportunity to talk to the surviving residents. She had the opportunity to see
the mass graves. She was horrified they were not Tigrayan victims.
TPLF started the conflict by attacking the Ethiopian National Defence
Force (ENDF) on 03
November 2020[ii]. The
Government of Ethiopia ordered Law Enforcement on 04 November 2020. It dislodged
the criminals from Mekele just in 3 weeks. Some of the TPLF leadership were killed
and some were captured and still others are on the run. Because of too much
unfounded accusations on ENDF in its law enforcement mission, the Government of
Ethiopia declared unilateral ceasefire and left Tigray region in June 2021, to
give peace a chance. It was a surprise generous move to all parties. CNN did
not acknowledge this good gesture. TPLF leadership came out from its hiding
holes. Instead of helping the conflict affected people of Tigray, it dug out its
heavy weapon from the hidden underground, called back its fighters that took
off their military uniform and mixed with the civilians and declared there
would be no ceasefire on its part. Rather than accepting the opportunity, and
going for peace, the T vowed it wouldn’t lay its arms until topples President
Esaiyas Afeworki of Eritrea and PM Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia. So much for the
propaganda of “genocide on Tigray and rape victims!” To make their vow real,
they invaded the Amhara and Afar regions and massacred hundreds of innocent men
women and children. Reuters reported, in a small village called Chenna
Teklehaimanot, in Gondar, 120
people were killed in a matter of hours[iii]. Many
mainstream media including BBC, Aljazeera and the Guardian reported this event.
An Orthodox priest’s wife was raped and then murdered by the TPLF forces. That
was not worthy of material to report for the CNN, because they were not Tigrayan
casualties. On 5 August 2021 in the
Galikoma, in the Afar region, there was a mass extrajudicial killing by the
TPLF. Over 240 people sheltering at a health facility and school were
massacred. That killing included 107 children[iv].
CNN was not interested in that story either because that was not what they were
looking for. Right now, as this paper is being written, TPLF is bombarding with
heavy artillery, the town of Chifra. So far 30 civilians were reported killed
during the night. In a small town Although TPLF and its foreign
allies/journalists are screaming beyond their voices about Tigrayan victims.
Right now, the war is going on outside Tigray in Amhara and Afar regions. They
are bombarding cities and town with heavy artillery indiscriminately into
France 24[v] reported “Shell-shocked survivors describe brutal Tigray rebel advance.”
On the contrary, “Nima is breathless screaming “Tigrayans are massacred, Tigrayans are raped!” Where? When? In Tigray or Amhara or Afar regions? Did the TPLF go to Afar and Amhara regions invited for a coffee? To cover up their own war crime they are blaming their own victims. CNN is backing them with unverified fake facts.
Why didn’t CNN
consider the leaked UN document that there was no evidence to incriminate
Ethiopian Defence Force involving in rape in Tigray? Why did Nima keep quiet
about the women of Tigray who went out on demonstration about the TPLF rape
culture and were beaten and some even imprisoned by TPLF just before the
conflict broke? What about the ten thousand rapists and murderers released from
Mekele prison by TPLF before they fled Mekele?
The invading TPLF army has committed
brutal crimes. UN food stores looted by the TPLF in Amhara region. Little or no
condemnation from the CNN. Hospitals were ransacked, medicines and patients’
food were looted. Schools were destroyed, teaching equipment were stolen and
shipped to Tigray. No news about that from CNN.
The TPLF is everywhere in Wello,
including places like the Holy City of Lalibela, the towns of Sekota, Kobo,
Woldia, Mersa, Delanta, Ambassel, Waghimera, Gashena, Wegeltena, Gergerat,
Gishe and many other towns and villages. They forced their ways into civilian
houses, emptied their contents, including, furniture, clothes, and all kinds of
food items, cooked or uncooked even dough prepared to bake ‘injera’, salt,
chilli powder, spices, and even live chicken. A lady with a 7-year-old child
from Lalibela was describing her ordeal. A neighbour saw her child dying of
hunger the TPLF looted everything in hour. He gave her some grains he hid to
bake injera and feed the child. She took that stone ground the grain and
started backing. TPLF invaders were attracted by the smell of fresh injera and
broke into her home. The took both the injera and the dough and dashed out. The
mother and child resorted to crying. In the middle of the night, she picked up
her child and fled south risking hyena attack. Luckily nothing happened to
them. They reached Dessie shelter centre after 7 days, begging for food on
their way. CNN had such information but ignored it all. The TPLF invaders
burned down tens of thousands of Amhara farmers’ houses, displaced more than
2,000,000 residents. They slaughtered farmers’ animals and fed their army.
Animals that they couldn’t eat or drive to Tigray were summarily shot down in
tens of thousands and left for vultures and hyenas to clear. Not only shot
animals but also massacred people, denying villagers to bury their dead and
left for the scavengers to clear.
The cruellest crime the TPLF committed is holding back mothers and watch their tiny daughters’ gang-rape by the TPLF fighters. Some are as old as 8. There are incidents where the husbands were forced watch their wives being raped and in turn the wives watch their husbands murdered in front of their eyes. The TPLF would tell their own crimes as if that had happened to them by ENDF, Eritrean soldiers or by the Amhara. They know how to play victims or boast as heroes. To their people they are telling they would be entering Addis Ababa in weeks, but to the world, they are lamenting “genocide had been committed against Tigray”. Double tongues in one head (በአንድ እራስ ሁለት ምላስ). Which one is true? A real journalist would find out the truth. Not the current pseudo reporters of CNN, like Nima Elbagir, at the forefront of fake news.
The TPLF invading army emptied churches
and mosques of their historical and religious relics, just like the Islamic
State and Taliban fighters of Syria and Afghanistan. Even worse, the TPLF
fighters defiled worshiping places with human faeces. Disgusting! CNN is not
interested to let the world know such acts of TPLF’s barbarism. Nima only wants
to tell the “agony that the people of Tigray are facing”, not what they are
Where are the 430 UN tracks which didn’t
return after delivering aid to Tigray? CNN is not interested in knowing their
whereabouts. As a top international news organisation, they should have
investigated and exposed what the TPLF is using them for. We can help them. Here
they are ferrying
Tigrayan fighters to the Amhara and Afar regions[vi].
Nima and her crew had their fields day
when the Ethiopian authorities allowed them to travel to Tigray. Now you are
talking! That was what she was looking forward to! She met her darling surviving
terrorist TPLF leadership. The TPLF propagandists staged for her a drama
entertainment just the way she liked it. Performers were well trained. The
drama was well performed. Alleged rape victims were well paraded and rehearsed
their lines before the show. Cameras were in place. TPLF destroyed bridges,
power transformers, telephone infrastructure, bulldozed airports, cut
communication equipment, but retold as if those were committed by the ENDF.
They did not tell her though why the Ethiopian engineers murdered while
attempting to repair all those useful utilities lines destroyed by the TPLF. Ms
Nima Elbagir beamed with pleasure. All the crimes
they committed were all narrated for her as if committed by the ENDF. She had
enough readymade material to report. To spice up her fake narration, she made
her way to the Ethiopian army barrack and demanded to pass shouting “CNN! CNN!
CNN!” When prevented entry, she turned to the camera and said: “This is what
happens to you in Ethiopia if you are CNN journalist!” That is played and
overplayed for her in every CNN reporting about Ethiopia. Would she demand to
pass through a British army camp because she is from CNN? Even better, can she
do that with the Sudanese army barrack? This writer will leave the judgment to
the readers. However, she used the denial as if there is something the
Ethiopian army is hiding, something from the powerful “CNN” who could have the
right to go into your bedroom and monitor how you sleep with your wife.
After returning to Sudan, she interviewed
alleged victims of horrific rape from the Sudanese refugee camp to tell the
fake story. For sure those women were from Welqait and Hummera, the former
districts of Gondar, annexed by the TPLF in the 1990s. There are two types of
refugees there. Some of those refugees were combatants and Samri youth who
committed war crime in Mai Kadra and escaped to the Sudan when the Ethiopian
Army and Amhara militias arrived. That is why we have heard on several
occasions, Getachew Reda, the Spokes Person of the TPLF claiming they had
30,000 strong fighters on the border in the Sudanese side waiting instructions.
The others group of refugees were civilians from Mai Kadra, who witnessed massacre
of the Amhara civilians, who fled to the Sudan fearing reprisals. Once the ENDF
and the Amhara Special Forces staffed the border, no refugees were able to
cross into the Sudan to tell a story like that. Pregnant women were paraded and
exhibited as if the unborn children were the result of the rape. Nima’s maths
does not add up, because everything she was reporting was on hearsay.
By the way, Martin Plaut trained the
TPLF how to manufacture news. A
youtuber caught a TPLF trainer coaching how to fool European journalists and
Another thing Nima was talking about was how the massacre of civilians was filmed by the Ethiopian soldier. That is pathetic! What kind of soldier film a crime that incriminates him? Rubbish! All that was stage managed. We have tens of evidence where such videos were staged and filmed by the TPLF propagandists themselves. A good example of this is, the evidence from a Polish-European anthropologist Dr Natalia Paszkiewicz, European migrant advocate. According to Dr Paszkiewcz, Tigrayan militia men kidnapped many Eritreans refugees from the Hitsats refugee camp located in Tigray. Then they picked 10 men and 10 women for the stated performance under gun point. The TPLF forced the men to wear Eritrean army uniforms. They ordered the women to undress above the waist exposing their breasts. They gave the men curved knives and ordered to cut Eritrean refugee women breasts under the gun, to claim that they were Tigrayan victims. One of the men dropped the knife and started running. Others also fled in all direction. TPLF fighters managed to shoot dead nine of them. One escaped to tell the story[viii].
The TPLF is incapable of telling the truth. All descent people know the TPLF is a lying gang of bandits. Look at what Ambassador Avi Granot had to say about TPLF
It is not only Ambassador Avi Granot only who first-hand witnessed TPLF’s capability to lie between their teeth without remorse. On her twitter of 09 October 2021, Rt Honourable Ms Ana Gomes, former member of European Parliament wrote: “one thing I know for having direct experience since I led the 2005 #EUEOM - #TPLF are a dangerous band of criminal oppressors and liars.” Nothing better explains the nature of the TPLF more than that.
TWO MORE DEADLY CNN CRUSADES AGAINST
The Mystery of Bodies Floating on
Two weeks before the bodies started
floating to Sudan, on 04 August 2021, the Government of Ethiopia warned the
international community the TPLF was dumping
bodies in Takaze River[ix]. That was
environmental disaster and health risk to the Sudanese. At the time, the
assumption was, since the TPLF decided not to disclose the identities of its
dead for fear of families’ outrage, they were dumping the bodies of their
fighters in the river. It was only later that it became clear why they were
doing such inhumane thing for a political gain. Watch out. They may poison the
river and blame it on the Ethiopian Government. No problem. Nima can corroborate
that for them.
When dead bodies started floating into
the Sudan, both times Nima Elbagir would not lose the
opportunity. She run down the river like a headless chicken breathing heavily and
talking non-stop exactly the way TPLF expected her to behave[i].
It was as if she was brainless human drone, remote controlled and manoeuvred by
the TPLF! She graphically described the way the Ethiopian soldiers killed the
Tigrayans civilians indiscriminately and held 10,00 people in Humera
concentration camp. She accused the Ethiopian Government of damping dead bodies
of their victims from Mak Kadra into Takaze River. Repeated lies could mutate
Think about this.
Unless CNN thinks the Ethiopian Government is as stupid as their brainless
human drones, how could they assume that the Government of an ancient land
would commit such crime and make it public by floating it twice on
transnational River. That would have been suicidal! Even the Dergue did not
parade the bodies of its victims to the international community like that but
buried in mass graves. Only CNN reporters are stupid enough to buy the story like
that and go on the air without thinking of the implication. This writer has
personally witnessed in his conversation with converted TPLFites that they
always assumed white men are stupid and would believe whatever they told them
without question. Unfortunately, although the media belongs to the white, the
reporter is not white. Well, looking at the leadership of CNN who allow such a
trash go on air, it looks like they were not interested to verify. Now, they
have their mouthpiece in the name of Nima Elbagir who would not think
twice to scream above her voice whatever they wanted her to report. All she
wanted is to be on tv with news about Ethiopia. The Government of Ethiopia
should sue CNN for defamation.
Just before we finish this, let us examine their source by the name of Gebretenae Gebrekristos, Tigray Community Leader.Look at his hat. That is a member of the TPLF, who inadvertently wore his official hat, while pretending a civilian refugee and community leader! Pathetic!
The Ethiopian Airlines
Airlines (EAL) is not only the pride of Ethiopia, but also the new spirit of
Africa. EAL won four awards at the Skytrax 2021
World Airline Awards. It stands at 37 rank in the World's Top 100 Airlines for 2021 as voted
by airline customers around the world[ii]. The
most bizarre story of CNN in support the TPLF is attack on this world class
EAL does not only
bring foreign exchange to Ethiopia but also billions of dollars to the USA’s
economy. EAL continuous to use American jets, American
jet engines and American technology. EAL mechanics are Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) certified. Since June 1998, it
has been shuttling passengers from Washington, Newark, Chicago, Houston, and
Los Angeles to African destinations. That was the reason why this writer
pleaded with Government of Ethiopia never to
slaughter the chicken that lays golden egg in his Amharic article of June 2018
(የወርቅ ዕንቁላል የምጥለውን ዶሮህን አትረዳት)[iii].
dream of creating greater Republic of Tigray, the TPLF top officials and CNN are
desperately trying to destroy everything that makes Ethiopia great. Their
campaign against The Ethiopian Airlines (EAL) by the CNN is just part of that
that campaign. However, it missed its target.
Attack on Ethiopian
Airlines started right the next morning after they massacred on 04 November
2021 the members of the Ethiopian National Defence Force (ENDF) in their beds
unprovoked thereby sparking the war that nearing its first anniversary.
The first attack came
by accusing EAL of dismissing every employee of Tigrayan origin. They wish!
That was a big lie. One thing they forgot was the No.1 CEO then was and today
is Tewlde Gebremariam, a Tigre himself. He has the power to hire or fire
whoever he wants. They campaigned to boycott flying Ethiopian Airlines, but
passengers gave them deaf ears. No one listened to their call as EAL went on
ferrying passenger from one city to another city of the world.
Please click at the
following link and listen to what Mr Richard Quest, the CNN business analyst’s
account of EAL in March 2019 when the Boeing 737 crashed near Debre Zeit/Bishoftu.
So, what is TPLF’s problem
with EAL? Well, they had no problem with EAL as such, but they had a problem
for it being the pride of Ethiopia, which they are killing and dying to destroy
it. In order to bring down EAL, they enlisted people like Martin Plaut who sent
barrages of twitters day in and day out to boycott buying flowers from The
Waitrose because he said they were shipped in from Ethiopia to London by EAL.
Nobody gave him ears. He utterly failed. To this day, the TPLF is desperate to
get Tigrayan employees fired from the Ethiopian airlines to have evidence to
accuse the organisation. Just few days ago, Debretsion Gebremichael, the
regional state president thanked employees working for EAL for providing them
secret information about EAL activities, which lead to another accusation. What
does that achieve them if Tigrayan employees get summarily dismissed? Think
about it. These bunch of criminals don’t think for the people but for
Then another attack
came from the Sudanese Government in Khartoum, which is currently illegally
occupying Ethiopian territory, starting from the day TPLF attacked ENDF and the
border became unmanned. The Sudanese, TPLF allies, currently sheltering, training,
and protecting TPLF fighters, accused EAL of bringing in illegal weapon, mind
you, not smuggling in, but officially bringing into Khartoum for criminals to
use. Why should EAL cargo openly bring weapon for criminals? As it came openly,
the Government of Sudan had the right to confiscate them, if they wished to do
so. The weapons were hunting rifles transported to Addis from Russia for a
businessman in Khartoum. Ethiopian Airlines did not release the cargo
immediately but kept it for two years until its legality was established by the
Sudanese Government. The Businessman went to Court and obtained an official
letter from the Sudanese Government confirming the rifles were legal and asked
EAL to release. Therefore, after two years of holding the cargo, EAL complied
with the Sudanese law and delivered. However, this was aired by the mainstream
media all over world portraying EAL as arm smugglers. The international
mainstream media shared. The TPLF camp went frenzy. Their joy did not live
Sudanese Government admitted that the weapons were brought in legally and EAL
has nothing to answer[iv]. That was done and
dusted, but the damage was done.
As nothing worked for
the TPLF and its cronies to bring down EAL, they needed to hatch another
conspiracy with their human brainless drones at CNN, such as Nima
Elbagir, Gianluca Mezzofiore, Katie Polglase.
time they accused EAL of transporting weapons to Asmara at the beginning of what they call war on
which is, by the way, deliberately started by the TPLF. In this report and
others Nima is their spice girl. She is running up and down on CNN and twitter,
with her famous cliche “CNN! CNN! CNN!” Sometimes, one wonders why this woman
emersed herself into Ethiopian Affairs? The Amharic saying comes to mind. “የራሷ አሮባት፣ የሰው ታማስላለች”.
Difficult to translate but closely meant “MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS!” Think about this!
Her birthplace Sudan is in turmoil. The government was nearly overthrown a week
ago. Now it is overthrown! The civilians and the military are at odds. There
are protests everywhere. However, Nima never reports anything on CNN about Sudan.
She spends sleepless night dreaming how to tarnish the image of Ethiopia. But
why? She is the only one who knows the answer.
a young man this writer started his career in EAL back in 1974. He was a ticket
controller and Ticket Agent Report (TAR) auditor. Therefore, he is quite
familiar with the International Air Transport Association (IATA)
regulations and had a good feel of “The Convention
on International Civil Aviation, also known as the Chicago
EAL has denied transporting any weapon but really it did not have to do so.
There is no rule that prevents any commercial airlines from transporting
ammunition anywhere in the Chicago Convention. Which article prevents a cargo plane
from carrying armaments?
brainless human drone reporters were not mentioning to which particular article
they were referring to. This writer bets Nima Elbagir would not
recognise if the Chicago Conventions passed her walking by. Otherwise, she
could have told us which article was particularly broken rather than blanket
accusation. “Little knowledge is dangerous” applies here.
is the most surprising is US official’s reaction to the CNN’s half-backed report[vi]!
He should have known better. He said: "These
allegations are incredibly grave; not only could they constitute a potential
violation of the Chicago Convention [on international civil aviation]. The use
of civilian aircraft to ferry military hardware upends norms and endangers
passenger craft around the world." He then waves at Ethiopia the usual
stick available at his disposal. Sanction!
Look who is talking! If what the Ethiopian Airlines is alleged for breaching
the law by transporting weapons on the Commercial aircraft, then United Airlines
should have been at the firing line. For several years it was ferrying soldiers
and weapons using for the United States army. So far, nobody said anything about
this mysterious rule until they wanted to nail EAL. They think we all are
How about Korean Air?
How about Atlas Air?
“Those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones”. CNN needs brave journalists like Stephen Sackur who would not shy away from confronting such officials. Well, but CNN is source of the allegation. So, CNN and the USA officials want to write another law for EAL which exempts United Airlines, DELTA Airlines, Korean Airlines and so on?
the ninety-one articles, there is no single article that prohibits commercial
airlines from carrying military hardware. Each airlines have guidance on how to
transport weapons. Of course, there is an article that prohibits carrying passengers
and ammunition in same flight. However, as evidenced from the above, national
carriers have been transporting soldiers in the passenger aircrafts and weapons
in cargo aircrafts.
CNN and the US official are referring to article 35 (a), which I don’t think
they are, that is a different story. Article 35(a) states:
“No munitions of war
or implements of war may be carried in or above the territory of a State in
aircraft engaged in international navigation, except by permission of such
State. Each State shall determine by regulations what constitutes munitions of
war or implements of war for the purposes of this Article, giving due
consideration, for the purposes of uniformity, to such recommendations as the
International Civil Aviation Organization may from time to time make.
up until now Tigray is part of Ethiopia, therefore, as the aircraft belongs
100% to the Government, it could carry whatever it likes to Tigray or outside
Tigray. The bottom line is, EAL is innocent just as much the United, DELTA,
Atlas or Korean commercial airlines are.
conclusion, CNN is immersed into Ethiopian internal affairs and desperate to
destroy her image siding with terrorists. As a world class media, unless it
comes to its senses and adheres to the principle of open-minded journalism, its
reputation will soon be in tatters. They should better apologise and repair the
damaged relations with EAL. More to objective reporting would bring them income
from commercial advertisement. TPLF might have money for now, but it would soon
dry out. If they continue with trend of shoddy reporting CNN will be the
loser and not Ethiopia.