The Eritrean Community in Italy calls on all the Italian press to verify their sources for the false news story they have published or to retract it.
The Eritrean community in Italy and the world live with anguish on the new international media attack against Eritrea where the false news of “28 deaths and more than 100 injured in Asmara” is reported as an anti-government protest. To report the news first was an Ethiopian Associate Press (AP) reporter who quotes as the source an armed opposition group based in Ethiopia. Continue reading The Eritrean Community Requests Correction to the Italian Press→
Context and critical thinking are nonexistent within coverage on Eritrea, and various stories and reports about the country are released and published, often with minimal or no fact-checking. It is little surprise that this has often led to the publication of countless far-fetched, sensationalized, racist, and ultimately debunked stories and claims about Eritrea.
BY MELA GHEBREMEDHIN
Mass protest. Mass rally. Indiscriminate gunshots. Mass casualties and death”. These are some of the sensationalist words and phrases used to create buzz and portray events as simply black and white. They are often also used without nuance or context.
Earlier this week, Eritrea made the headlines after a group of teenagers walked down the streets of Asmara to voice their discontent against normative administrative measures – in practice all over the country since 1995 – that the Ministry of Education instructed the strident school principals to observe. Shouting “Allahu Akbar”, the boys, mostly aged around 14-15, were walking from their neighborhood, Akria, towards the Ministry of Education. Continue reading Mainstream Media and the Asmara ‘Massacre’ that Never Happened→