2011 Year in Review Ethiopian News and Political Websites By Yared Ayicheh

December 12th, 2011 Print Print Email Email

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you my 2011 Year in Review of Ethiopian news and

political websites. The review is only of seven websites I have frequently visited this year. I have done this review in the spirit of providing feedback to encourage best practices and to point out areas in need of improvement. Disclosure: I am pro peaceful struggle. I harbor no hostility towards advocates of armed struggle or supporters of the ruling party.

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  1. Girum
    | #1

    Brother Yared, thank you so much for being such a breath of fresh air in the Ethiopian political website seen. I don’t normally comment on Ethiopian websites except Abugida, after I found out that they never post my views or comments which is middle of the road. This makes me wonder how we can ever escape the cycle of hate, if people who live in America and Europe and practice democracy and observe everyday how an open and tolerant exchange of in formations are the most fundamental building blocks of building a democracy. What is the point of becoming a propagandist for what you think is correct without also sharing the alternative view? What is there to be feared in reading opposing views, articles, comments and ideas? If we don’t practice what we preach, how are we going to become democratic in the future? I will tell you a secrete, I was part of a team who helped setup ESAT, because I strongly believed that we needed a media which reflects what we think and is tolerant of even the ruling party’s view. I must tell you when I look at it now, I feel ashamed that I helped setup an ETV equivalent for the Ginbot 7 opposition, because the day I left helping ESAT was the day I learnt that it was run and dictated by Ginbot 7 and had no intention of becoming a balanced media that respects it viewers intelligence. I expected more from people who swear by democracy, especially when I think about how I once believed in people who now run Ginbot 7. I now don’t see ESAT any differently than ETV. What is the point of a media if it tells its viewers what to think? That is the reason why Abugida is better, although it needs to also have views that reflect the ruling party if it is to become a truly democratic and tolerant site that appreciates its readers by letting them decide for themselves. That is when I will say Abugida is a democratically mature site that respects its readers ability to judge for themselves after having a balanced information.

  2. Alem
    | #2

    Good start Yared. We’ve got to start somewhere and I believe you are on the right track. Here are some suggestions:
    1. Elaborate on what standards you used to evaluate each site. What makes for a fair and credible reporting?
    2. Did you realize each site tries to cater to a specialized group [Oromo, Tigre, Amhara, Eprp, etc]; just look at the roster of links in each site.
    3. You need to have one for blogs too.
    4. It appears at times that all sites are more of less the same. There is no uniqueness to how they report.
    5. Another question is, Who really reads them. Do English-speaking publics read any of this?
    6. Also tell us who you are; what are your credentials for us to trust your evaluation? Thanks.

  3. Bolga
    | #3

    A nice try! Kudos to you. The only thing missing from your list is, the best of all them: Tadias.com!!!!!

  4. Hayilay
    | #4

    We done Yared. I agree in most of your rating except that Aiga forum is under rated.

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