Posted: 04 Apr 2010"Ethiopia has charged that recent human rights reports and Voice of America broadcasts are aimed at destabilizing the country ahead of the May 23 national elections. Jamming of VOA broadcasts to Ethiopia has been expanded in recent days. Government spokesman Shimelis Kemal ... defended Ethiopia's decision to jam VOA language service broadcasts, alleging that the Amharic Service has a history of sowing seeds of hatred. 'VOA in the past has repeatedly broadcast programs and statements that tend to incite, foment hatred between different ethnic groups,' he said. 'Recently, it has transmitted a program alleging the government of Ethiopia had staged state sponsored genocide in Gambela.' ... VOA Director Danforth W. Austin issued a statement Thursday calling the jamming 'unfortunate,' and strongly denying that the broadcasts are aimed at destabilizing or defaming the government of Ethiopia." Peter Heinlein, VOA News, 2 April 2010.
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