The late weekly Amharic newspaper Meznagna has reappeared on market after two years with another name Addis Neger. The newspaper had gained huge popularity during Election 97 with its deep, analytic and scholarly political reporting. However, the paper was the victim of the political turmoil that prevailed following the election which eroded almost all private newspapers.
The paper has reappeared being comprised of the former editorial staff whose managing editor is Abiy Teklemariam. Its first issue has retained the former flavor of Meznagna in its presentation. “I think it will be a giant competent to Addis Admas that controlled the Amharic newspaper market dominantly. And as one may witness, it is worth preference,” said a graphics designer of one of the Amharic newspapers.
Many agree that the success of Meznagna with in that short time is due to its deep and analytic political reporting which most of them is feature news. It gained popularity at the time because of its relatively balanced reporting though some say that it had became one major sympathizer for oppositions, especially to Kinjit.