Ethiopian association profiles

Who they are?

The Ethiopian Media Council is the umbrella organization for media organizations, community media and journalists in Ethiopia. It was created in 2016 and officially registered in 2019 with the aim of encouraging media to build democracy, prosperity, social stability and the rule of law, and safeguarding human rights and fundamental freedom in Ethiopia. The Council members include publishers, broadcasters as well as media associations.

The Council is comprised of 52 members of media houses and journalist association, and has an executive committee. The Ethiopia Media Council is a non-profit organization which receives no government funding or grants for its operations. The council has 20 independent compliant commission members selected from the public and media organizations supporting the Council.

What they do:

  • Supporting journalists’ capacity building to promote professional journalism which is up to the standard and within the legal boundaries.
  • Promote press freedom by fighting the illegal and improper government hands laid on the press.


Its goal is to promote ethical practices within the media industry and to serve as a forum for complaints from and/or against government, public and its members. The Council represents the public and the media in matters concerning freedom of speech and freedom of the media, but also matters concerning fairness of coverage, relevance, balance and accuracy.


Establishment: September, 2019
Membership: Institutional
5 male, 2 female members in the executive committee
    • Develop and build capacity for community radios in Ethiopia
    • Increase visibility and impact of community broadcasters in Ethiopian media laws and policies
    • Liaise with partners for professional and institutional development
    • Expand the development of community radio stations
(mobile): +251 911 791 925
+251 913 209 322

Established in 2013
Members: 767
Membership demography:
8 public media
Nine community media
Correspondents of three international media
Sixty-four private multimedia productions and online media owners, educators
Four educational media


Our vision is to see free, independent journalists in the vibrant and enabling media environment which promotes dialogue between communities, regions and population groups to secure peace; contributes to social and cultural development by providing information, education and entertainment; and enhances democratization and prosperity by attractive and reliable reports, education and entertainment used to pursuit these goals.


The mission of ARMA is to stimulate and secure a free, independent, and dynamic media which endeavour to fulfill the interest of the people, providing access for every citizen, enabling us to participate fully and freely in the exchange and debate about information, visions, and decisions concerning social, cultural and political processes at the community, regional and national levels so as to build a just, peaceful, and prosperous nation founded on respect for equality and diversity.

Major activities
  • Build journalist's Capacity, Skill in training
  • Doing media and communication-related research,
  • Publish Bi-annual online and print research Journal of Ethiopian media and communication
  • Defend Journalists Right
  • Host annual National Media and Communication research.
Contact address or
+2519 18718307


Editors Guild of Ethiopia is a professional association that strives to help create a professional, responsible and independent media sector in Ethiopia. EGE is a non-governmental non for profit association devoted to advocating for a free, independent, and credible media industry with high ethical and professional standards as well as enabling the public to exercise its rights and freedoms. EGE has taken its mark of establishment on October 29, 2019, via registering under the civil society organizations proclamation number 1113/2019 and coded as 4527.

A free, independent, and credible media industry with high ethical and professional standards, enabling the public to exercise its rights and freedoms.
Safeguarding media freedom and independence through continual improvement of the media environment in the country, while building and setting professional capacity and standards in the sector.
  • Professional Integrity,
  • Impartiality,
  • Accountability and
  • Transparency

Expected engagements of EGE:

  • Developing professionalism in the sector through:
    • Training
    • Peer-to-peer experience sharing and
    • Setting professional standards in the sector.
  • Participating in the nation-building process through conducting national dialogue sessions concerning the sector and on other national matters as well.
  • Advocating on behalf of journalists and other professionals working in the media sector.

Potential partners and/or stakeholders:

  • GOs and NGOs working on:
    • Media and communication
    • Human and democratic rights
    • Good governance
    • Public sector transparency (check and balance)
    • Migration and refugees
    • People’s displacement and resettlement
  • Strategies and approaches
    • Inward observatory
    • Indigenous knowledge foundation
    • Research and advocacy
    • Training and public participation
    • Community engagement and inclusiveness


Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Yeka sub-city/ Woreda 19

House no. 605

Tel. +251 921169800


Oromia Journalists Association (OJA) was established in June 2014 by a young and energetic group of professional journalists with the aim of contributing to the media development and facilitating changes in the Media sector in the Oromia region in specific and in Ethiopia in general.

The main objective of the Association is to promote professionalism in the Media sector, facilitate the development of democracy and ensure good governance, supporting development through extensive use of the media.

Organizational Structure

The General Assembly, which is composed of members of the association, is the supreme power of the Oromia Journalists Association (OJA). The Board of directors, very experienced, highly educated, and respected personalities with diverse backgrounds, is democratically elected by the General Assembly and plays a strategic leadership role in the association.

Our Vision

We see free and fair media, high standard and responsible media professionals, and a well-informed society in Oromia in 2030 G.C.


To help media professionals in the Oromia region and beyond, become skilled, be responsible professionals, and leaders of the development through capacity enhancement, experience sharing, and technology transfer programs.


Currently, OJA has more than 350 registered members and these are from all across the country.

Web and social links:

Contact person

Nazif Jemal, President


Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Ethiopian association profiles/ MIRH/ 20 September 2022

Who they are:-

The Ethiopian Media Women Association (EMWA) is a non-partisan, non-profit professional association established in 1999 to promote women’s rights through and in the media. EMWA challenges low participation of women in the media, negative portrayal, low coverage on issues that concern women, low access to information and media in general, and low access to decision-making positions in the media.

Currently, EMWA has over 200 members from all fields of media and communication: private and government media, NGOs, international organizations, communication agencies, professional individual women media practitioners throughout the country.

What they do:-

EMWA engages in providing training for journalists and media practitioners, developing guidelines on gender and media issues, and conducting surveys.

Since its establishment, EMWA has been engaged in building the capacity of women journalists by providing training, exchange programs, experience sharing, and round table discussions. Partnering with local and international organizations EMWA has conducted different projects.



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Facebook address:-

Mobile phone:- +251 93 996 7688 Yeshewa Masresha, Board chairperson of EMWA

Ethiopian association profiles/ MIRH/ 29 August 2022

The Ethiopian Mass Media Professionals Association (EMMPA) was legally founded in 2020 by the former Ethiopian civic association’s agency, now the Authority. It was initially founded with five journalists.

EMMPA is a member-based association, composed of mass media professionals, both news and camera professionals, across Ethiopia.

This association has more than 1,300 members who freely interact through the telegram channel of the association and over 130 registered members.

EMMPA membership includes journalists, news executives, freelance journalists, photojournalists, and professionals in the journalism area.

The association is a nonprofit entity that highly aspires to promote press freedom and, similar to the international journalism and journalist association, it defends the right of journalists to report the news safely and without fear of reprisal and promotes ethical journalism.

EMMPA Key focuses areas:

  • Professionals in the mass media and freedom of expression are at the forefront.
  • To fight against the precariousness of journalists.
  • Training and consulting for mass media professionals and the industry at large.
  • Innovative, ethical, and responsible new storytelling Cultivating newsroom leadership, culture, and diversity.
  • Balanced reporting and fact-checking.
  • To advocate for the free flow of information to the public.
  • To defend and promote trade union principles and organization.
  • To uphold and improve professionalism and to promote high standards of journalism, ethics of journalism, and journalistic education.

Major efforts of EMMPA are:

  • Training, Consultations, Monthly media review, Issuing statements, Forming partnerships with government and non-government organizations, Recognition and award event for its cofounders and former executive members.


EMMPA is an independent, non-profit association dedicated to being the vanguard of mass media professionals; aspires to see the advancement of ethical journalism; and advocating for freedom of expression and the media landscape.

Address:- 091 267 5637


Association for Ethiopian Broadcasters (AEB) is a legally registered non-profit making association established in September 2018 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The association was founded with 8 privately held licensed television broadcasters presently operating in Ethiopia. It currently has 12 members comprising private commercial television broadcasters.


AEB strives to promote and protect a favorable economic and regulatory climate for broadcasting and educate members and the public at large about the opportunities available and advances possible through the efforts of free, over-the-air broadcast operations.


To improve the quality and profitability of broadcasting; increase the present broadcast market; boost content and technology innovation, and spotlight the important and unique ways stations serve their communities, deliver high-quality content and services that local communities expect and deserve that impact the broadcasting industry.

In general, AEB engages in coordinating Ethiopian Broadcast Service Providers to support the all-inclusive growth and prosperity of the nation, through entertainment, information, and knowledge to achieve social growth.


Mizan Graduate Journalists Association is an approved journalists association. What makes Mizan unique is that it contains intellectuals and journalists with journalism certificate.  The association which was established by five individuals has 15 General Assembly and 30 members.


Making the profession respected and connecting the professional with the profession.


Help the Ethiopian journalism profession to get the needed freedom and honor.


Become the first journalism profession association in East Africa In 2031.


The detailed missions of the association are listed below:

  • Creating awareness to change the inequitable view of the profession
  • To make sure the profession honor is respected
  • Provide Recommendation and advice to correct the wrong view of media due to mistakes done by those working in media without journalism background.
  • Doing professional investigation of universities journalism teaching, like inclusiveness and others.


Future plan of Mizan Graduate Journalists Association

  • Having its own broadcast media.
  • A magazine that will be published in three and six months focusing on different social issues.
  • Struggle to change the salary amount of journalists
  • Play a great role in mass medias right to tell, publish, criticize, and report about proclamations
  • Strengthen legal protection that mass media organizations give for journalists
  • The association will do a lot regarding the support and inspect of Ethiopian media authority for the honor of the profession and its professionals
  • Make F.D.R.E. Authority of Civil Society Organizations do professional inspection while giving license



Ethiopian Journalists’ Association (EJA)

Ethiopian Journalists’ Association (EJA) established in 1976.

Ethiopian Sports Journalists Association

Ethiopian Culture and Tourism Journalists Association

Address:- +251 984 1443 78

+251 954 8809 35

Ethiopian association profiles/ MIRH/ 09 August 2022

The Ethiopian Environmental Journalists Association (EEJA) was founded in 2006 by senior media professionals interested in raising awareness about sustainable development in Ethiopia, including sustainable development science, with the support of Germany's Henrich Boll Foundation and Panos Ethiopia. The EEJA has 47 members from international, private, and state-owned media organizations. The organization existed from 2006 to 2012, but it is now defunct.

Ethiopian Volunteer Journalists Association

Disable Journalists Association

Ethiopian association profiles/ MIRH/ 09 August 2022

The Somali Regional State Journalists’ Association was established on September 28/2021 (September 9, 2014) in Jijiga.

General Information about the SEMMPA

Southern Ethiopian Mass Media Professionals Association (SEMMPA) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that seeks to organize journalists and protect press freedoms in Southern part of Ethiopia. It is based in Hawasa, and work in Sothern, Sidama and South west Ethiopian regions.

SEMMPA is a professional organization founded in 2022, includes broadcast, print, and online journalists, journalism educators, and students interested in journalism as a career. SEMMPA is a large organization representing 2,400 media professionals in 17 media institutions in Southern region, Sidama region and south west Ethiopian region.

What they do:-

SEMMPA works to support objective journalism and strengthen media institutions to be self-governing, sustained and committed to inform the public on issues that affect their lives. The association promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and protect freedom of speech and press, and voice of journalists.

SEMMPA seeks to improve and protect journalism through a variety of programs and projects: Regional conferences cover writing, reporting, and editing as well as broader topics of ethics and freedom on information. We works to ensure that journalists perform their work while adhering to the highest standards of behavior and decision- making, and member network.


(mobile):- +251933575345


Ethiopian association profiles/ MIRH/ 09 August 2022

Ethiopian National Media Support (ENMS), is a leading local CSO founded on 12 May 2020, a not-for-profit organization that works to improve media professionalism in Ethiopia with the goal of providing appropriate and contextual-based professional, technical, and interactional support to media associations, journalists, and mass media in Ethiopia.


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Ethiopian association profiles/ MIRH/ 09 August 2022

MERSA Media Institute is a nonprofit media policy think tank. We work to help create vibrant, responsible and independent media, professional unions and education centers through research, capacity building and institutional support in Africa. We are based in Washington, D.C. and work in sub-Saharan Africa, with particular emphasis on Ethiopia. We believe free and independent media are lifelines to the development of peaceful, prosperous, and democratic societies.


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Ethiopian association profiles/ MIRH/ 02 June 2022

Collected by Mekdes Demss

Who they are:

The Consortium of Christian Relief and Development Association (CCRDA) is a legally registered non-profit membership organization of NGOs/CSOs operating in Ethiopia.  Established in 1973 by thirteen NGOs, it has been operational for nearly half a century (47 years) and still growing in membership, representation, and engagement.  CCRDA has its physical presence in Addis Ababa City where it has a large complex that houses offices, training & conference facilities, and cafeteria.  In addition, it has regional chapters in six of the ten regions of the country.

Currently CCRDA membership has reached more than 400 legally registered international and national CSOs engaging in long term development, advocacy, humanitarian, and human rights activities.  CCRDA envisions a poverty free Ethiopia with vibrant CSOs and assured social justice.

The coming into effect of the new CSO law in 2018 and the spirit of the national transformation agenda of the government is one of the catalysts for CCRDA and members to undertake the reposition exercise to remain relevant to the new context so as to advance the mission of the network and embrace the existing new change.

What they do: 

CCRDA is a platform that facilitates networking, partnership and information exchange among members to amplify the voice of the right holders. It generates timely and relevant information and shares among members to make informed decision and carry out a joint advocacy action.

Among its core functions are financial, technical, and institutional capacity building of members and support them to document best practices. It organizes and facilitates formation and strengthening of thematic forums where like-minded members could network and learn from each other.

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Ethiopian association profiles/ MIRH/ 08 June 2022

Collected by Mekdes Demss

Population Media Center (PMC) is a US-based international nonprofit organization that specializes in developing research-based multimedia communication strategy for social development.

PMC projects are versatile, working across different cultures, languages, religions, and media markets. PMC-Ethiopia was established in 2000 and has impacted lives across Ethiopia for nearly two decades. It hires all local writers and producers, creating authentic stories. Extensive training in PMC methodology is provided to each team.


What they do:

PMC creates entertaining long-running shows. These popular shows take whatever format is appropriate for the audience - TV, radio, web - and draw huge audiences. PMC's entertainment methodology is designed to inspire positive behavior changes for issues ranging from health to gender equality to environmental protection.

PMC has developed various forms of media additional to radio and book. These include booklets, brochures, posters, and live plays. Also it has hosted multiple capacity building training workshops across Ethiopia to address diverse topics.


Their Mission:

To use entertainment-education and mass media to promote social and cultural change by addressing the interconnected issues of the full rights of women and girls, population, and the environment.


Their Vision:

A sustainable planet with equal rights for all.


Their goals:

Empower people to live healthier and more prosperous lives and to stabilize global population at a level at which people can live sustainably with the world’s renewable resources.


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