An Ethiopian media outlet, Ethiopia Insider, says it was robbed of cameras, laptops, and other equipment in what it suspects was an orchestrated attack.
The owner of Ethiopia Insider, Haq Media & Communications, said staff left their office in the capital Addis Ababa locked around 4pm on Sunday. However, when they returned, they found that although the office was still locked, their drawers had been broken into.
Three digital cameras, two zoom lenses, four laptops and a smartphone were stolen from the media outlet, according to a statement released by Haq Media on Monday.
Haq Media said it suspects the robbery was orchestrated, citing similar incidents that have happened to other critical media outlets and rights organizations in Ethiopia, including Ethio251 and the Ethiopian Human Rights Council.
“Ethiopia Insider has been publishing objective and impartial stories for the last three years,” said the statement from Haq Media, adding that the theft would negatively impact their efforts to produce quality reports.
The robbery is the second such incident to hit Ethiopian media in recent times.