June 30, 2020 / 1:35 PM / 7 days ago

Ethiopian satellite television: federal police arrested media mogul amid protests

(Reuters) - Federal police arrested a powerful Ethiopian media tycoon on Tuesday after his bodygaurds refused orders to disarm, the tycoon’s television station reported, as protests spread in the Oromiya region over the killing of a popular singer.

The Oromia Media Network is owned by Jawar Mohammed, a prominent activist from Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s Oromo ethnic group. Jawar, an erstwhile ally of Abiy, became a vocal critic after he accused the prime minister of not protecting the interests of the Oromo.

Reporting by Kumerra Gumechu; Writing by Katharine Houreld; Editing by Alison Williams

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