Screenshot shows former Ethiopian minister defending doctoral thesis online, not BBC interview

Published on 23/09/2022 at 12:33

Facebook posts have shared an image of a man talking onscreen with claims that it shows Lemma Megersa, the high-profile leader of Ethiopia's largest ethnic group in the Oromia region, during a recent BBC interview. Users implied that this was one of his first public appearances since his sacking in 2020 as defence minister by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, a fellow ethnic Oromo and former close ally. But the claim is false: the picture is a screengrab from a video showing Lemma defending his thesis online with Leiden University in 2020.