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Ethiopia Financial Intelligence Service

Published by artvandelay on 2024-01-14 18:26

Approximately 19,000 emails from Ethiopia's Financial Intelligence Service, previously known as the Financial Intelligence Center, the government agency responsible for monitoring suspicious financial transactions in the country.


During an initial embargo, the data was shared with the Platform to Protect Whistleblowers in Africa (PPLAAF), which shared its findings with various media partners: Bloomberg in the United States; Süddeutsche Zeitung in Germany; Tamedia in Switzerland; and The Continent in South Africa.

The media partners independently evaluated the materials and used other sources of information to verify the internal documents and shed light on both the politically motivated investigation and a broader intimidation campaign against former Ethiopian minister and director general of the World Health Organization (WHO) since 2017, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

PPLAAF and the media partners sent requests for comment to Ethiopian government entities, those targeted by or referenced in the investigation, and others. The Ethiopian government did not respond to any of these requests.