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Eritrea: Information is Ammunition

Louis Mazel tells the truth about Bisha mine in Eritrea
The first casualty of a propaganda war is the Truth. In today’s politicized media landscape, it is not far-fetched to imagine that information is in fact used as ammunition against targeted states, and not necessarily to inform the public or tell the truth. It does not matter that the information being disseminated is categorically false, as long as it serves its purpose.

By Sophia Tesfamariam,

Christopher John Fox in his 1983 book, “INFORMATION AND MISINFORMATION – An Investigation of the Notions of Information, Misinformation, Informing, and Misinforming” wrote the following about “information”:

“… Information seems to be everywhere. We talk of its being encoded in the genes, so it must be carried in every living cell of every living thing. We say that it is disseminated by media of communication, so it must be transmitted around the world by wire, microwave, laser light, and radio wave, broadcast by television and radio, and printed in newspapers, magazines, journals, and so on. We say that information is exchanged in conversation, so it must be present in billions of the utterances occurring every day. Information is also said to be contained in all sorts of things, including books, letters, telegrams, films, tapes, computers, and minds… Libraries are overflowing with it, institutions are bogged down by it, and people are over- loaded with it… Information, then, is as ubiquitous as air, or heat, or water. But it differs from these latter things in having a far more mysterious nature. For although we can say quite exactly what air, heat, and water are, no one seems to know exactly what information is… ”  Continue reading Eritrea: Information is Ammunition