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Challenging Assumptions: A Note on Recent Media Coverage of Eritrea

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Get the truth and print it. The general narrative on the mainstream media about Eritrea is devoid of rational, logical analysis, and long been framed and tightly controlled to produce tainted knowledge and image.

By Fikrejesus Amahazion (PhD),

Last week, Eritrea Profile featured an interview with Mary Harper, Africa Editor for BBC World News. Harper recently spent several weeks in Eritrea covering the country’s Independence Day celebrations, and her analyses, both within her interview with Eritrea Profile as well as in other outlets, have been balanced, impartial, thoughtful, and quite perceptive.

Possessing years of journalistic experience, particularly across Africa, Harper’s coverage of Eritrea has been a reinvigorating breath of fresh air; she avoids the tired clichés, nauseating stereotypes, and longstanding assumptions and distortions to provide an accurate, contextualized, more reliable account of Eritrea. While her entire interview with Eritrea Profile is worthwhile and informative, several things stand out. Continue reading Challenging Assumptions: A Note on Recent Media Coverage of Eritrea