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Launching the first satellite TV to EritreaAssenna Foundation is UK based independent media outlet that aims to promote freedom of expression in Eritrea. It is not affiliated to any political organization. Its sole purpose is to become an alternative media by filling the information gap created by the one-party state that doesn’t allow independent media.
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Assenna (Foundation) was launched in 2007 as an independent website: www.assenna.com. This was followed by a shortwave radio broadcast from 2009. Now, it broadcasts a daily satellite radio show in Tigrinya to Eritrea and the neighboring countries. The radio show that continued for a decade with voluntary financial support from committed diaspora Eritreans is also accessed online at assenna.com.
TV and Radio is the most powerful medium of communication in Eritrea as there is limited Internet access due to government policy to control information flow.
Given the lack of freedom of expression in Eritrea, the rise of Radio Assenna as the champion of the voiceless population has made it a household name. We have been running on shoestrings but still have had a significant impact in counterbalancing the Eritrean Government’s propaganda machine.
In the fast-evolving political climate in Eritrea and the region at large, such media outlets need to be properly funded to become sustainable so they can provide the foundation of independent media succeeding dictatorial rule.
The funds generated from patrons will be invested in TV and radio production and will cover monthly satellite TV and radio transmission costs. Assenna also intends to reward regular content contributors financially, while providing a platform to encourage content creators and independent journalists of the future.
Background to the lack of press freedom in Eritrea
On 18 September 2001, the Eritrean government banned vibrant and growing independent media outlets in the country under the pretext of “national security' following an unnecessary and disastrous war with Ethiopia between 1998 and 2000. Since then, there have been no independent media in the country. Eritrea today has a single radio station; one television channel and a daily newspaper - all owned and controlled by the regime. The government hires and fires journalists at will, controls editorial decisions and imposes restrictions on policy and technical levels. The state media has become a propaganda machine: a mouthpiece of the Government’s corrupting influence on the general public.
The government of Eritrea also places technical hurdles on the flow of international information into the country in order to keep its citizens in the dark. The Communications Department has absolute control over Internet networks, including Internet cafés.
It is no surprise, therefore, that Eritrea was at the bottom of the World Press Freedom Index for eight consecutive years and in both 2017 and 2018 ranked 179 out of 180 - just ahead of North Korea.
In June 2015, the UN noted:
'In the area of freedom of expression, the government systematically silences anyone who is perceived as protesting against, questioning or expressing criticism of the government and its policies, even when such statements are genuine and legitimate in the context of a democratic public debate'.
In May 2017, the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights condemned Eritrea’s treatment of Press Freedom and its journalists. The African Commission also highlighted that Eritrea breaches several articles in the African Charter, including that of freedom of expression. The commission has demanded that all detained journalists in Eritrea be freed.
Despite international protestations, the Eritrean Government’s absolute control of the media continues unabated. The need for a free and independent news media outlet is now more critical than ever before.
Assenna has three overarching objectives:
1. Broadcast news:
To provide an unbiased, truthful news and analysis to the audience both in the country and abroad to counterbalance Eritrean government propaganda. The Foundation will carry out this task with a strong ethos and determination to fill the information gap created by the regime.
2. To raise awareness and foster democratic values:
To help educate the Eritrean public the importance of political participation in order to build a democratic country, underpinned by the rule of law with human rights as its cornerstone. Thus, set the democratic values agenda based on an informed and healthy debate.
Create a better appeal to a younger audience through critical analysis of world current affairs and Eritrean contemporary history. Instill a better understanding of Eritrea’s long struggle for independence and the sacrifice made by so many. And to compare and contrast the heroic fight of our heroes to liberate our homeland to the coward cliques now brutalizing the Eritrean people, forcing them to flee their country in their thousands.
Carrying in-depth research to promote free democratic and responsible media practices. Provide a platform and publish third-party research outputs with relevance to Eritrea in order to inform and influence public opinion.
3. Advancing Eritrean cultural heritage:
Promote Eritrean cuisine and drinks, poems and plays, music and dance from all nine ethnic groups.
Thank you for your support,
ጻውዒት ንምስረታ ሳተላይት ቴለቪዥን ኣሰና ናብ ኤርትራ
እታንዓሰርተዓመትመመላእታ፡ወለንታዊገንዘባዊወፈያብምግባርዝደገፍኩማራድዮኣሰና፡ብሕልፊነቲኣብውሽጢኤርትራብምልካዊስርዓትኢሳይያስተዓፊኑዝርከብ፡ብቑዕኣገልግሎትኢንተርነትዘይብሉ፡ብሓደመንግስታዊማዕከንዜናዝጸመመውጹዕህዝቢኤርትራ፡በቲዓፈናምልኪተርቢዑዝበጽሖዘሎ ሳላደገፍኩምእነቃልሖድምጺሓቅንፍትሕንነቒሑ፡ንምልኪ `ፎእ` ኢሉካብምጽያንሓሊፉንምጽራጉፍኒሕኒሕኣብዝብለሉደረጃምብጽሑ፡ወፈያኹምንጻዕርናንተደሚሩዘመጽገቦዓወትእዩ `ሞ፡ብስምውጹዕህዝቢኤርትራምስጋናይብጻሕኩም!
እዚ ውልቀመላኺ ኢሳይያስ ንህዝቢ ኤርትራ የዐሚቱ፡ ብኢደወነኑ ብስም መስርሕ ሰላም ዘካይዶ ዘሎ ንናጽነት ኤርትራ ዝጻባእ ግልጽናን ተሓታትነትን ዘይብሉ ስጉምቲ፡ ነቲ ናይ መሰል፡ ናይ ሕጋዊ ስርዓትን ደሞክራስን ሕቶ ዝነበረ ብድሆ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ብራኸ ወሲኹሉ ኣብ ዘለወሉ ህሞት፡ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ፡ ብውዲት ውልቀመላኺ ኢሳይያስን መሻርኽቱን ከይተንበርከኸ ቃልሱ ብዝለዓለ ኒሕን ሓቦን ንምቕጻል፡ ኣሰና፡ ዓቕሚ ኤርትራውያን ኣተሓባቢራ ብዝለዓለ ሞያዊ ርቀትን ተዓጻጻፍነትን ንምምካቱ ድልውቲ ምህላዋ ደጊማ ተረጋግጸልኩም።
በዚ መሰረት፡ ኣብዚ ኣብ ሃገርና ዓሞቚቲ መራሕቲ ሓሳባት ናይ ምፍልፋል ጽምኢ ኣጋጢሙሉ ዘሎ ጽንኩር እዋን፡ ኣሰና፡ ኪኖ `ቲ ንነዊሕ እዋን ከተካይዶ ዝጸንሐት ምንጽብራቕን ምቅላዕን ፖለቲካዊ ቅልውላው ኤርትራ፡ ብሰፊሕ ተሳታፍነት ህዝቢ ኣብ ሃገርና ቅልጡፍ ፖለቲካዊ ለውጢ ብምምጻእ፡ ነቲ ዘቤታዊ ውድቀት፡ ዞባዊ ምዝመዛን ኣህጉራዊ ውዲትን ብዝፈጠሩዎ ሽርክነት ንሃገርና ኤርትራ ኣንጸላልዩዋ ዘሎ ሓደጋ ብምቕልባስ፡ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ፡ ትንሳኤኡ ኣረጋጊጹ፡ ሕጋዊ ስርዓት ብምትካል ብፍትሒ ዝመሓደረሉ ሃዋህው ንምፍጣር ዘኽእል ንኹሎም ኤርትራውያን መስሕብ ኮይኑ ዘገልግል ፈነወ ሳትላይት ቴለቭዥን ናብ ኤርትራ ንምትእትታው ኣሰና ወጢና ኣላ።
ፈነወ ሳተላይት ቴለቪዥን፡ በቲ ኣብ ልዕሊ ራድዮ ዘለዎ ርኡይ ብልጫ፡ እቲ ናጽነቱን ልኡላውነቱን ኮነ ሃገራዊ መንነቱ ንምብራዝ ሓያል ፈተነ ገጢሙዎ ዘሎ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ምትእስሳሩ ኣሐይሉ ተጻባእቱ ንምስዓር፡ ዛዕባ ምእላይ ውልቀመላኽነት ቀዳማይ ኣጀንዳ ንምግባር፡ ከምኡ `ውን ኣብ ዑና ውልቀመልኪ ክትከል ብዛዕባ ዝብህጎ ሓድሽ ስርዓት ኤርትራ ሓሳባት ንኽለዋወጥን ሓባራዊ ራእይ ከማዕምብልን ዘኽእሎ ሃገራዊ መራኸቢ መድረኽ እዩ።
ብዙሓት ኤርትራውያን እዚ መደብ`ዚ ብቐዳምነት ክስራዕ ዘለዎ እዋናዊ ጉዳይ ምዃኑ ብምዝኽኻር፡ ተበግሶ ክንወስድ ዘቕረብኩምልና መዘኻኸሪ ዘተባብዕ እዩ። በዚ መሰረት፡ ኣሰና ፋውንዴሽን፡ ኣብ ርእሲ ናብ ኤርትራ እትፍንዎ ዘላ መዓልታዊ ሳተላይት ራድዮ፡ ፈነወ ሳተላይት ቴለቪዥን ንምምስራት ኩሉኹም ኤርትራውያን ኢደይ ኢድካ ብምባል ክትተሓባበሩ ጻውዒቱ የቕርብ።
ነዚ ሃገራዊ ፕሮጀክት ቴለቪዥን `ዚ ንምዕዋት ግን 1 ዶላር ንመዓልቲ፡ 30 ዶላር ንወርሒ ወይ ድማ 365 ዶላር ንዓመት ዘበርክቱ ሓደ ሽሕ (1000) ውፉያት የድልዩ። እዚ ኣበርክቶ`ዚ ካብ ዕለታዊ መነባብሮ ስድራቤት ክቃወስ ከሎ ቀሊል `ኳ እንተዘይኮነ፡ ምስቲ ኣብዚ እዋን ንሃገርና ገጢሙዋ ዘሎ ብድሆ፡ ንህዝቢ ኤርትራ ዝወርዶ ዘሎ ዓመጽን ጥልመትን፡ ከምኡ `ውን እቶም ኣብ ውሽጢ ኤርትራ ዝርከቡ ኣሓትናን ኣሕዋትን ከርእዩዎ እንጽበዮም ተወፋይነት ክወዳደር ከሎ ወጻዒ ኣይኮነን። ስለዚ ኩሉ ኤርትራዊ ነዚ እዋናዊ ዕማም`ዚ ከም ሃገራዊ ወፈራ ርእዩ ክተሓባበር ኣሰና ትጽውዕ።
እቲ ናይ ምዝገባ ወፍሪ ካብ ሎሚ ጀሚሩ ኣብ ውሽጢ ሓደ ወርሒ ማለት ኣብ መወዳእታ ወርሒ ጥቅምቲ ክጠቓለል ከሎ፡ ኣብቲ ካልኣይን ሳልሳይን ወርሒ፡ ካብ ሕዳር ክሳብ ታሕሳስ 2018፡ ፈነወ ቴለቪዥን ናብ ኤርትራ ክጅምር እዩ።
ዓወት ፕሮጀክት ሳተላይት ቴለቭዥን ኣብ ተወፋይነትን ኣበርክቶን ኤርትራውያን ስለ ዝምርኮስ፡ ክውንነታዊ ደረጃ ብደረጃ ብዝዕመም ናይ ስራሕ ውጥን ብንጹር ክትፈልጡዎን ክትዋስኡሉን ይግባእ።
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