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Amnesty Uses Fake Picture to Accuse Gov’t of Detaining People from Tigray


July 17/2021(ENA)Amnesty Worldwide deceptively used a faux image for its current fabricated report that accused the federal government of Ethiopia of detaining ethnic Tigrayans.

The group issued a press launch on July 16, 2021 stating that “Police in Addis Ababa have arbitrarily arrested and detained dozens of Tigrayans with out due course of,” and revealed photos to help its fabricated allegation.

Nonetheless, the image utilized by the group for its unreliable allegation is taken through the 6th common elections by an AFP photographer.

Amanuel Sileshi, the photographer who took the image, instructed the Ethiopian Information Company that Amnesty Worldwide used his picture that was taken in Addis Ababa through the sixth common election held on the 21 of June.

The photographer instructed ENA that the image that depicts the actions of safety personnel conducting checks earlier than the voters enter to polling station situated in Addis Ababa regionally referred to as Abuware at 6am early within the morning.

The caption of the picture revealed through the occasion reads: “A police officer checks people who find themselves in line to solid their poll earlier than polls open in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on June 21, 2021, throughout Ethiopia’s legislative and regional elections. Amanuel Silewshi/ AFP”

The {photograph} exhibits the peaceable conduct of the election and voters who’ve been ready to solid their poll.

Nonetheless, Amnesty used the image intentionally to its false accusation to tarnish Ethiopia’s picture and undermine the efforts of the federal government in defending the security of Tigrayans.

“The best way Amnesty Worldwide used the image misleads the viewers,” the photographer said and added that “AFP did nothing incorrect on this case. The media group had revealed the image for its election protection on the voting day. The one downside lies on Amnesty Worldwide that used AFP’s photos wrongly to control the context of the scenario. And this sort of act is a severe crime that may drag individuals into battle.”

Although, AFP has been urging Amnesty to take away the images from its complete media platforms, no responses are made by the group up to now, Amanuel mentioned.

Sileshi mentioned “If speedy motion will not be taken to take away the images, AFP will probably be pressured to prosecute Amnesty Worldwide for its crime”.


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