State of Emergency Forces Ethiopian Magazine to Suspend Print Operations

The Addis Standard, for now, will be digital-only.

In a letter to subscribers that was also shared today on Facebook, the management of Addis Monthly, a magazine launched in Ethiopia in February 2011, inform that they can no longer manage the print side of things. Per our item headline, this is due to anything but the usual industry downsizing.

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From the letter:

In the wake of Ethiopia’s recently introduced State of Emergency, sustaining the regular monthly publication of the magazine has become impossible. It is therefore with a sense of unease that management announces the indefinite suspension of the print edition as of Oct. 2016.

The letter goes on to promise that the digital side of things will be beefed up. In the Facebook comments, BilOro Tumsa strikes a note of cautious optimism and in so doing, also bangs the gong for freedom of the press:

Sorry to heare the termination of AS print edition which is and was ever leading magazine published from the Ethiopia. I am Optimistic that the AS print edition would resume its service in the near future. Repression will never stop the struggle for freedom. Thank you Addis Standard!!!?

H/T: Associated Press; image via Facebook