Tag Archives: Fake News

Indian Ocean Newsletter: Yet Another Wild Allegation on Eritrea

Indian Ocean Newsletter once again busted in the act of faking news on Eritrea and Somalia.

BY TESFANEWS

The Eritrean Information Ministry once again trashed a 21st December report (No 1488) published on the Indian Ocean Newsletter (ION) about the alleged “plan to send 5,000 soldiers to Somalia as soon as the first AMISOM contingent leaves in February.” Continue reading Indian Ocean Newsletter: Yet Another Wild Allegation on Eritrea

The ION: A Litany of False Stories on Eritrea

The Eritrean Ministry of Information urges the ION to show some kind of respect to its readers and desist from disseminating hoax news on Eritrea for trite reasons of sensationalization or other sinister agendas.

BY MINISTRY OF INFORMATION

In its latest publication (No. 1474) of 18 May last week, the Indian Ocean Newsletter floats a litany of wild stories on Eritrea on the basis of innuendos; apparently without minimum verification.

To highlight some of its outlandish assertions:   

 Continue reading The ION: A Litany of False Stories on Eritrea

German TV Channel ZDF Retracts False Eritrea Protest Story

After nearly two-months, German public-service television broadcaster ZDF retracts its highly inaccurate Asmara protest story.

BY RAY JA FRASER | SHABAIT

After nearly two months, the German public television and news outlet Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF) has withdrawn its report of the October 31st, 2017 small Asmara protest.

Notably, the original report, which was retracted and not simply corrected (a significant difference), was strewn with innumerable fabrications and easily demonstrable falsehoods. Continue reading German TV Channel ZDF Retracts False Eritrea Protest Story

The Eritrean Community Requests Correction to the Italian Press

The Eritrean Community in Italy calls on all the Italian press to verify their sources for the false news story they have published or to retract it.

The Eritrean Community in Italy

PRESS RELEASE

The Eritrean community in Italy and the world live with anguish on the new international media attack against Eritrea where the false news of “28 deaths and more than 100 injured in Asmara” is reported as an anti-government protest. To report the news first was an Ethiopian Associate Press (AP) reporter who quotes as the source an armed opposition group based in Ethiopia. Continue reading The Eritrean Community Requests Correction to the Italian Press

Clarifying Recent Newsweek Coverage on Eritrea

Misrepresenting Eritrea. Newsweek’s hasty comparisons – and the broader inaccurate, reductive narrative on Eritrea – display the poor state of reporting and understanding about Eritrea. Proper understanding of Eritrea requires a more grounded, objective, contextual approach and balanced coverage and should avoid one-sided, biased portrayals that resort to simplified, clichéd perspectives and poorly crafted comparisons.

BY DR. FIKREJESUS AMHAZION (PhD)

Last week, Newsweek published an article about Eritrea decrying the internal situation in the country. As has become so common with reports on Eritrea, the article was heavily biased, overly simplistic, filled with stereotypes, and devoid of context, ultimately serving to poignantly encapsulate how coverage of the country is so problematic.

Lacking originality or accuracy, the article frames Eritrea alongside North Korea. In recent years, it has become quite common to see Eritrea, a young, low-income, developing country located within the volatile Horn of Africa region, derogatorily described as secretive, the “North Korea of Africa,” or even the “hermit kingdom.” Continue reading Clarifying Recent Newsweek Coverage on Eritrea

Fake News, The BBC and Eritrea

This is a classic BBC Fake News case and why you should learn to take everything you read about Eritrea with a grain of salt and a dash of pepper.

BY YAFET ZEREOU

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

Ethiopia State Media Face Scrutiny from Facebook Fact-Checkers

[At the age of social media,] “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.” – Abraham Lincoln
By Messenger Africa,

Facing the worst drought in half a century, Ethiopia had managed to avert a crisis without significant foreign aid, boasted a December 27th report on state-run news agency ENA. A day later Eshetu Homa Keno, a U.S.-based online activist, posted on Facebook a figure released by the United Nations showing that the amount of foreign humanitarian aid Ethiopia received in 2016 was more than a billion U.S. dollars while the government’s share was a relatively meager 109 million dollars. Continue reading Ethiopia State Media Face Scrutiny from Facebook Fact-Checkers