Tag Archives: Media Propaganda

Open Letter to Africa News ‘Digital Journalist’ Shaban Abdur Rahman Alfa

“Those who compare Eritrea with North Korea have not been to North Korea and certainly do not know Eritrea”

No comment.

BY HAILE HABTEGABER

Dear Mr. Rahman

I have read your article conspicuously posted on African News with keen interest as it comes from a fellow African and expecting journalistic objectivity. I have no qualms over your interest in Eritrea as you are perfectly entitled to do so. However, I must tell you that my response to your article is not to give credence but to show its banality. Continue reading Open Letter to Africa News ‘Digital Journalist’ Shaban Abdur Rahman Alfa

Challenging Assumptions: A Note on Recent Media Coverage of Eritrea

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

The Distorted Narrative, Media War and Eritrea’s Culture of Silence (I)

“After my experience and travel in Eritrea meeting with senior officials, diplomats, Eritreans, businessmen and our shared experience of the narrative in the western media as compared to the reality on the ground … I am presented with an overwhelming awareness of the distorted and unbalanced narrative against Eritrea, deliberately propagated by our western supposed free journalism, press and media.” – Ruby Sandhu

By Ruby Sandhu,

I have had to resort to publishing this piece and inquiry as a blog as no paper entertains any perspective other than the sensationalised unhealthy narrative maintained as against Eritrea.

My reference to Culture of Silence and Eritrea is premised on an inquiry further to a number of discussions and focus groups with the Eritrean diaspora based here in the UK, Europe, USA and Eritrea on the prevalent narrative as against Eritrea. This was after my experience and travel in Eritrea meeting with senior officials, diplomats, Eritreans, businessmen and our shared experience of the narrative in the western media as compared to the reality on the ground in Eritrea. And it is from those direct and candid discussions that I am presented with an overwhelming awareness of the distorted and unbalanced narrative as against Eritrea deliberately propagated by our western supposed free journalism, press and media. Continue reading The Distorted Narrative, Media War and Eritrea’s Culture of Silence (I)

The Distorted Narrative, Media War and Eritrea’s Culture of Silence (II)

— We Eritreans believe that when you do what you believe, your actions speak loud for you — when you don’t do what you believe in then you have to speak louder to be heard —

By Ruby Sandhu,

At a coffee shop in Asmara I met with young Samsom Berhane Asefaw, a Public Service, Development Worker, aged 38 who was born and brought up in Eritrea. He too also had friends and relatives that had taken the treacherous journey out of Eritrea. He agreed that most of the Eritrean people were unaware of the western narrative as against Eritrea as the experience on the ground was so different.

When I asked him about the exodus of Eritreans he retorted “it’s an exaggeration”. It’s obvious, he said that the high standard in the West is attracting the youth from the developing countries including Eritrea and with the preferential treatment being afforded to Eritreans – well it was obvious that was definitely a push factor for many young Eritreans to leave. Continue reading The Distorted Narrative, Media War and Eritrea’s Culture of Silence (II)

Whoever Controls the Media is Afraid of Eritrea

Vindicating Isaias Afwerki: Watching Eritrea crawl from another angle

By Beaton Galafa,

A United Nations report on migrants daring death in their thousands on the Mediterranean earlier this year shocked the world. In Africa, we shook heads as we failed to understand how an Eritrea at peace with itself would be such a great exporter of refugees through leaked boats across the Mediterranean. It was hurting.

A month later, there was some real bad news on Asmara. This time, there was a little shift from the misery suffered by the common Eritrean, to the elite. Their president, Isaias Afewerki, was reported to be the least richest president on the continent. It was very unprecedented for a leader who’s stayed in power ever since Eritrea attained independence from its powerful neighbour Ethiopia in 1993. Continue reading Whoever Controls the Media is Afraid of Eritrea

Collon: Eritrea Needs Protection

“Eritrea is the victim of a vicious propaganda campaign only because it decides to outside of western dictate.” – Belgian journalist, writer and historian Michel Collon

By Nordic Africa News,

A Belgium-based journalist and writer says Africa and the world need to protect Eritrea to show that there’s another possibility.

Michel Collon in a seminar Friday during the Eritrean Festival in Sweden said Eritrea needs protection because to Western countries it is a bad example of a country that is making it outside of western dictate. Continue reading Collon: Eritrea Needs Protection