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Eritrean Canadian Community Questions CBC’s Ethics

“Non-resident Canadian Ambassador to Eritrea was in Asmara last month for routine meetings. Pledged to exert efforts for amelioration of ties.”Yemane G/Meskel, Director, Office of the President

Cite pattern of inaccurate and biased reporting … or something else
Cite pattern of inaccurate and biased reporting … or something else

Dear Ms. McGuire,

On May 24, 2014, CBC News published an article online titled “Despite sanctions, Deputy Mayor celebrates conflict-prone state of Eritrea” that was neither balanced nor accurate. The article was in relation to a letter sent by Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly acknowledging the achievements of Eritrea’s people on the eve of its annual Independence Day celebrations.

The article unnecessarily creates controversy around Mr. Kelly’s protocol letter through its seemingly innocuous negative portrayal of Eritrean-Canadian relations, and leaves very little doubt about the accuracy of the facts used to support it. Continue reading Eritrean Canadian Community Questions CBC’s Ethics

The CBC Should Do More to Include a Balanced Account of Events on Eritrea

Mebrahtu Teclesion Berhe got a special prize from CJFE for a JOB well done. He then got free airtime from CBC radio to lie through his teeth – unchallenged. CBC Concealed its doors to Eritrean-Canadians again.

By CECCO,

The “As it Happens” program with Carol Off and Jeff Douglas, interviewed an individual yesterday claiming to have been a journalist in Eritrea.

The CBC gave Mr. Mebrahtu Teclesion Berhe the privilege of telling his account of events in Eritrea. We are troubled however that it appears no other point of view was made available by the CBC to its listeners. Continue reading The CBC Should Do More to Include a Balanced Account of Events on Eritrea

Coalition of Eritrean-Canadians Calls for Action to Prevent further Migrant Deaths

CECCO is committed to working with the Canadian government and all authorities striving towards preventing further migrant tragedies.

By CECCO,

On October 03, 2013, a boat sank off the coast of Lampedusa, Italy killing many migrants on board. Reports on the ground confirm that a significant number of Eritreans have lost their lives in the tragedy. Continue reading Coalition of Eritrean-Canadians Calls for Action to Prevent further Migrant Deaths

Canada Should Respect Our Dual Citizenship Rights

Criminalizing our voluntary payment of 2% tax means denying us from exercising our Eritrean citizenship rights

By CECCO,

CECCO is disappointed with the decision of the Department of Foreign Affairs to expel the Eritrean Consul to Canada, Mr. Semere Ghebremariam O’Micael. This unnecessary escalation in the relationship between Canada and Eritrea is unfortunate. If indeed such acts of extortion are alleged to have occurred we would expect the RCMP to investigate and release their findings to the public.

The 2% tax levied on Eritrean citizens living abroad emerged during the Eritrean Referendum process and was inspired by the Eritrean community in Diaspora. This was put into law in Eritrea under 2% Tax Form Proclamation No 17/1991 & 67/1995 . Continue reading Canada Should Respect Our Dual Citizenship Rights

Canada’s Proxy War and Hostility Against Eritrea

“I was there for the battle of Afabet — walking among dead bodies, witnessing the pillaged Ethiopian army headquarters …” Peter Worthington, May 17, 2013

Canada’s inexcusable insult and hostility towards Eritrea should stop!

By Dawit Solomon,

I do not live in Canada, and have very little knowledge of the country but I have travelled throughout Canada like to Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Québec City to Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and Niagara Falls. As a tourist I found the country very peaceful, beautiful and the people very friendly.

However in recent years, I started reading some hostile media reports aimed at Eritrea(ns) and I was wondering, Why?

Last week, through various Eritrean online news sources, I was introduced to a Canadian Continue reading Canada’s Proxy War and Hostility Against Eritrea

Canada Must Protect Eritrean-Canadians

We call upon the Canadian government to ensure that our community is not a target of hate crimes or other forms of discrimination by individuals, the media or public institutions.

By CECCO,

PRESS RELEASE

The Eritrean-Canadian community is deeply saddened by a consistent pattern of media attacks in clear disregard of the proud history of a vibrant African community in Canada. As several media outlets continue to report about Eritrean-Canadians without consulting the communities that represent them, it has resulted in a growing discontent among Eritrean-Canadians.

The media outlets also appear to be disinterested in hearing the views of the majority of Eritrean-Canadians who are law abiding and hard-working people that have contributed in making Canada the mosaic of cultures that it is.  Continue reading Canada Must Protect Eritrean-Canadians