To whom it may concern,
As a regular follower of VOA Amharic program, I would like to thank the team for creating a platform for diverse perspectives regarding different socio-cultural and political-economic issues of Ethiopia. It has been informative and intriguing. I wish to continue listening to the radio program and look forward to future conversations.
That said, as a fond listener of the program I’d like to share my complaints on the moderation of these conversations. As listeners I expect them to have profound knowledge of the subject and be unbiased. It is critical for them to promote the different perspectives being shared rather than exclude voices in which they do no support. Such biased moderations continue to keep us divided rather than bridge the gap.
I’d like to address the most recent conversation on air, held on February 23rd 2018, live on Facebook Amharic page. The moderators were Mr. Henock Semagzer and Mrs. Tsion Tadese. While Mrs. Tsion did an outstanding job moderating, I was disappointed by Mr. Henock Semagzer’s approach. Specifically, when Mr. Achamyeleh Tamiru mentions the notion of an apartheid in Ethiopia and wanted to explain his view, he was instantly cut-off by the moderator. This was incredibly unprofessional and did not respect the view being expressed. Are moderators only allowing perspectives which they do support? As an active Ethiopian-political activist Mr. Achamyeleh has the right and merit to share his perspective like any of the other panelist.
Unfortunately, this is not the first time Mr. Henock Semagzer has displayed such characteristics. I was hopeful that this sort of behavior would eventually improve; however, it has not. For this reason, I am urging the organization to investigate the moderator. Is there potentially a hidden conspiracy he’s being encouraged to support? I believe these sorts of questions are important to ensuring the moderator is as fair as possible. The methods of his partner, Mrs. Tsion Tadese, are a great model that maybe he can strive to adopt.
In closing, I would like to thank the organization for taking the time to hear my complaints. I look forward to hearing back on the decided resolution.
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Chief of VOA African desk head e-mail: nmengesh@VOAN.ews.com
Chief of VOA’s Horn of Africa service, Will Marsh e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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