British government to offer 15.5 million pounds for upcoming Ethiopian elections

British government to offer 15.5 million pounds for upcoming Ethiopian elections

By David Young, Nadia Shiyyab and Frezer Zewude

The British government will allocated 15.5 million pounds for the upcoming Ethiopian in 2020. This was announced by the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP and Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, United Kingdom during the opening session of the World Press Freedom Day event in Addis on 2 May.

This was in a speech Hunt gave at the panel discussions on Strengthening Media’s role in the Face of New Challenges. In that panel were other discussants: Wambui Kiai, the Director for the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Nairobi; Jonathan Munro, the Head of Newsgathering, BBC and Nadia Khiari, a press cartoonist; Cartoonists for Peace and creator of Willis from Tunis and Afrah Nasser, a blogger and winner of the CPJ’s International Press Freedom Award 2017.

In addition to the 15.5million pounds, Hunt also said that in the Uk’s committment to strengthening media’s role, his government would support capacity building through an allocation of 100 media fellowships for journalists adding that, “A free country is the first basis for a prosperous country.”