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If Progress is Regression? What is Stability?

Every once in a while the BBC publishes a piece that is on point. Unfortunately, when it comes to news from the Horn of Africa this is rarely the case. In particular, when it comes to Eritrea, the BBC will only publish an article if it negatively reports on the news in Eritrea. The most recent example1 ( which is also mimicked by the Economist,2 a similarly biased [against Eritrea] publication) is interesting, although I would like to discuss the ICG report in-depth, I think its important that there be a discussion about Eritrea’s progress towards the MDG’s (and its human development in general) and I would like to take a moment to discuss the media’s second-hand reporting. I find articles such as this frustrating, however, I also like to try to learn something from every piece that I read. Often we can find some insight just with a little bit of critical reading.

  1. Eritrea may become failed state, warns think tank 

  2. The worst place to go to school 

3M: Mass Media Misinformation

Once the vanguard of quality journalism it seems that the under-resourced staff at the leading news gathering organizations around the world are feeling the pinch. As a result we are seeing the effect on Eritrea, throughout history poorly treated, often sought, and in today’s world of sound bites nary listened to. Of course telegraphing that message is made all the more difficult by editorial decisions made elsewhere that can misinform the reader without the approval of the on-the-ground journalist.

Media Bias Towards Eritrea Continues

Media bias is certainly not a new topic, particularly for me. I have noted how media portrayals of Eritrea are often poor, cynical and not thoroughly researched ( here ). Often times they are but caricatures of Eritrea, its Government and their goals. In particular I have often touched on the various green investments that Eritrea has made but has rarely been publicized by the media ( here ).