Eritrea’s existence as a sovereign nation, and a full member of the United Nations, is a product of the hard-working, independent, resilient, and self-reliant people that overcame all odds and came out victorious.
During the struggle for Eritrea’s independence, with the gag order on any information on Eritrea in academia and in the mainstream media in place, it may have been difficult, but it was not impossible for Eritreans to get information about the liberation movement and developments in Eritrea.
The few landlines that were available in Eritrea at that time meant that news from home was still slow in coming and Eritreans were at the mercy of the mainstream media for information. But that changed when the Eritrean Diaspora decided to help with the establishment of the Voice of the Masses (DimtsiHafash) in 1979. Taped reports and faxes of reports, were distributed widely throughout the Eritrean Diaspora communities and Eritreans were able to get direct information from the ground. Continue reading Cyber Eritrea→
Over the last three decades or so, I often found myself in places, first in Nicaragua in the 1980s and then in the Horn of Africa, that I would not have recognized when listening to international media reports. Even in pre-internet times, when short-wave radio access to the BBC World Service was one of the main connections to the wider world, reportedly even for Nelson Mandela in his prison cell, the news reported from places I was actually at often seemed to come from far away lands. Or at least I did not recognise that the reality reported on was how my daily life was supposed to look. Friends who lived in the 1970s and 1980s in post-liberation Mozambique shared this impression. Continue reading Media Reporting From the Global Fringes – Observations from Eritrea and Beyond→
The media may be our only source of information on conflicts happening far away but it’s by far the most unreliable. When discussing Eritrea, tragically sandwiched between two formidable African nations, much is said about its “dictatorial regime.” But what exactly constitutes a dictatorial regime in the opinion of a mainstream media that absolves the crimes of the wealthier nations while exaggerating those of its victims? Continue reading Eritrea and the International Media – An Outsider’s Perspective→
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→
The war for Eritrea’s independence produced a large Eritrean Diaspora which has recently also seen the addition of new migrants, who are finding their niche in the various communities, eking out a living for themselves, and trying to support families in the homeland. This large, tight-knit Diaspora population has very strong links with Eritrea and over the years, has watched as many well-meaning, and some ill-intentioned and ill-advised individuals and groups, presumed to define them, and worse, try to build a wedge between them and their country of origin, Eritrea. The assault on the Eritrean Diaspora and by extension, its compatriots inside Eritrea, was multi-pronged and the mainstream media played a huge role in the effort to destabilize Eritrea, exposing media fault lines in journalism ethics, especially when the subject was Eritrea. Continue reading Eritrea: “Reader Discretion Advised”→
THIS has been an exciting week with Eritrea’s cyclists, Daniel Teclehaimanot and Merhawi Kudus, who are not only making history as the very first Africans in the 102 year old history of the Tour de France, but are also forcing mainstream media into reluctantly acknowledging not just their presence on the Tour, but also their athletic excellence and sportsmanship. The mainstream media has been allergic to any good news about the State of Eritrea, its leadership or its people. This historic moment in cycling history, will also take note of the racism that is wittingly or unwittingly perpetuated by journalists and sportscasters, while it showcases Eritrea’s many talents…and successes. Continue reading Media Coverage of Eritrea’s Achievements: Allergic and Formulaic→
THE West has long tried to tear apart Eritrea by imposing sanctions, propagandizing against it, funding dissenters, and showing support for inimical neighbors. To the West’s dismay, it is still alive, indefatigable and powerful. What is the secret, then?
Eritrea has to remind us of the Vietnam. As a unique country, Eritrea is shaping itself instead of letting the West shape it. Even though most leaders of Eritrea have either Marxist leanings or Socialist ones, they rarely raise that for the public. It is as though the nation was telling us that suffice to know that social justice, self-reliance and unity are their ideology. It is something universal. Possibly, this is the secret to being unique. This uniqueness fills the West with repugnance. Continue reading False News About Eritrea is Good News for the West→