Ethiopia on Thursday passed a law punishing “hate speech” and “disinformation” with hefty fines and long jail terms, despite fears by rights groups it undermines gains in free speech. Continue reading Ethiopia Passes Hate Speech Law
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
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
BY RAY JA FRASER | SHABAIT
Notably, the original report, which was retracted and not simply corrected (a significant difference), was strewn with innumerable fabrications and easily demonstrable falsehoods.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 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
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
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
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