The council of ministers has approved the first government issued mass media policy of the nation.
The policy as obtained by the Ethiopian reporter newspaper highlights the lack of mass media policy in the country and the negative consequences it brought up on the country’s media sector.
The policy also sets forth incentives and government support that is needed in the sector such as lower tax rates for media equipment import, provision of working spaces, as well as priority for loans and foreign currency.
The issue of advertisements and sponsorship is also dealt with in the new policy which submits that they should be fairly distributed based on competition of all players in the sector.
According to the policy, the country needs more print houses that take the private sector into more consideration.
The policy also asserts that Ethiopian born people are now to acquire media ownership in the country with majority shares being held by Ethiopian citizens.
27th Aug 2020