The government of Ethiopia has cut the internet and closed the main office of local TV station – the Oromo Media Network (OMN) over claims of stirring ethnic and religious tensions in the country in the wake of the death the Ethiopian singer Hachalu Hundessa, which led to protests and violence.
Two other tv stations – Asrat, which broadcasts in Amharic, and Dimtsi Weyane, which mainly has programmes in Tigrinya – are being investigated over the same issues.
Hachalu, whose funeral took place on Thursday championed the cause of the Oromo people who say they have long been politically and economically marginalised.
The singer had publicly criticised the Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, who called the killing a “heinous crime”.
Press secretary to the president, Billene Seyoum said nolmacy has returned to the country but a police investigation is underway into the deaths of the around 80 people who died in the protests.
The police say they have arrested at least 200 people in the city of Dire Dawa – 500km (310 miles) east of Addis Ababa.
Tensions are still rife in parts of the country and the internet is still being regularly cut off.