As a child growing up in the Horn of Africa, I always used to wonder why my mother had a deep mistrust of the BBC. She would label any gossip monger or liar as ‘BBC’. What made my mother’s insight into the BBC more remarkable was that at the time nearly everybody would have their ears pinned to the crackling shortwave BBC news broadcasts and took their word as the Gospel truth. Continue reading The BBC: Guardian or Suppressor of Truth→
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→
Sometime in April of 2017, the BBC’s Editorial Complaints Unit published its findings about a complaint made about an article on Eritrea. On the face of it, it would appear that the BBC had done the right and honourable thing by acknowledging a mistake it made. After all, this is the BBC where we are told in the BBC’s Complaint Framework Document that, complaints were very important and would be dealt with as quickly as possible. Continue reading Fake News, The BBC and Eritrea→
This week, the Guardian has been running a series on Eritrea -“Inside Eritrea”. This is really a misnomer. The series should have appeared under the more apt title:“Outside Eritrea”. The contents had very little to present about the chosen topic; except to rehash old and tired narratives on Eritrea weaved externally. When the Guardian first announced that it was interested in gathering material on Eritrea, there were some naive individuals who were only too happy to oblige and participate in the string along. But it was only a matter of days into the series. Continue reading The Guardian’s Incurable Obsession with Eritrea→