Presenting Only One Side of the Story on the Pages of the New York Times Harms the Cause of Truth and Peace in Ethiopia (May 11, 2021)

In his April 24 column, New York Times Op-Ed Columnist, Nicholas Kristof, lamented the fate of Dr. Tedros Adhanom, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) as “one of the world’s most recognized public servants” who “may have become a refugee” as a result of the crisis in Tigray region of Ethiopia. Ambassador Fitsum Arega writes a piece refuting the one-sided views of Mr. Kristof saying, “Dr. Tedros’ ascribed status of “refugee” appears to be intended to generate sympathy for him as a victim of government persecution. Undoubtedly, he is free to return to Ethiopia at any time. It would be tabloid journalism to classify him as a “refugee” unable to contact family and friends in Tigray.”

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