Africa’s North Korea: reporting from Eritrea, the land of no Journalists
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Africa’s North Korea: reporting from Eritrea, the land of no Journalists

By Conor Gaffey (Newsweek) On September 18, 2001, as the world reeled from the September 11, 2001 terror attacks in New York and international attention focused on the United States, the president of a tiny African country decided journalists were no longer needed in his country. Isaias Afwerki, the president of Eritrea— which borders Ethiopia … Continue reading

Ethiopia’s addiction to Kana TV
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Ethiopia’s addiction to Kana TV

From a half dozen individuals working from cafés and borrowed offices for the first six months formulating the business plan and strategic direction, Kana TV has grown to occupy four floors of a tower block in the centre of Addis Ababa. It has around 180 mostly young Ethiopian staff – the median age is 25, with 50% female – including a dubbing team of about 100. Continue reading

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የኢትዮ-ቻናል ጋዜጣ አሳታሚ እና ማኔጂንግ ዳይሬክተር ታሰሩ

የኢትዮ-ቻናል ጋዜጣ ማኔጂንግ ዳይሬክተርና የሳምሶን አድቨርታይዚንግ ዋና ስራ አስኪያጅ ጋዜጠኛ ሳምሶን ማሞ እና የኢትዮ-ቻናል ጋዜጣ አሳታሚ የዜድ ፕሬስ ዋና ስራ አስኪያጅ ወ/ሮ ዘውድነሽ ታደሰ ባለፈው ሐሙስ በፖሊስ ቁጥጥር ስር ዋሉ፡፡ ወደ 6 የሚሆኑ መለዮ የለበሱና ሲቪል የላንቻ ፖሊስ ጣቢያ አባላት ጋዜጠኛ ሳምሶን ማሞን አስገድደው የያዙት ሐሙስ ማለዳ ወደ ቢሮው በሚገባበት ወቅት ነበር፡፡ የኢትዮ-ቻናል ጋዜጣ ዋና … Continue reading

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Frenchs’ guarding language from all ills

Most political leaders struggle to speak fluently in a foreign tongue. Only the exceptional manage to mangle their own. Step forward France’s president Nickolas Sarkozy. Last year in a written parliamentary question, Francois Loncle, an opposition deputy, said the president “mistreated” the French language with his endless grammatical slips and “vulgar expressions”. He urged the … Continue reading

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Even on Bloody Feet

The November 10 issue of Newsweek magazine has come up with an article by the legendary Haile Gebresilsie entitled, Even on Bloody Feet. I couldn’t surmise whether Haile himself wrote the article or some consultant shaped Haile’s narration into a well-written magazine article. I don’t often come across an African writer on TIME.  And I … Continue reading