Oct. 9, 2011 (ERITREA) – Hundreds of Eritreans protested outside the Sveriges Television (SVT) building in Stockholm, Sweden last Friday afternoon.
They gathered to protest the Swedish media's onslaught of negative, false and biased coverage of Eritrea and the recent escalation of intimidation by a rouge and hostile Swedish tabloid magazine called Expressen.
The Expressen magazine has been actively engaged in recruiting and transporting people with the goals of causing disturbances wherever Swedish-Eritreans who support their country and government congregate.
On Sept. 25, 2011, a corespondent for the Expressen magazaine named Henrik Ek traveled to New York City to report on what he assumed would be a massive protest against Eritrea's president. To his dismay and disbelief, he witnessed thousands of Eritreans turn-out to support their president and less than 30 protesters come out to oppose.
However, instead of following journalistic ethics and reporting on what he witnessed, the young reporter completely made up his own version of events and stated, "a few hundred Eritrean demonstrators" gathered to protest against the Eritrean president, and boldly and emotionally declared that "Isaias Afewerki's presence in New York was a boom - for the opposition" even though on camera, he specifically states no more than 20-30 protested, and thousands came in support of Eritrea and their Government (see video below).
Mr. Henrik Ek's entire article is a scathing fictional report that can be best described as a delusional rant. He completely and deliberately ignored thousands of Eritreans who came out to support their country and government, even though judging by his reaction in the video, he seemed to have been impressed by the large turn-out.
Before people think about taking some kind of legal action against Henrik Ek, take into consideration that he really has no say as a reporter. Since journalist are payed by the owners of the media they work for, one has to seriously consider the Expressen magazine is ultimately responsible for Henrik Ek's decision to deliberately distort the coverage in NYC. Although people generally assume journalist have the final say on what's going to be reported, the sobering reality is the owners, the advertisers and the newsmakers have the final say. Believing otherwise is like saying a person working on the factory floor gets to decide what the car industry produces.
Correcting the BBC
Recently, the BBC health correspondent named Jane Dreaper had written an article where she briefly stated, "The highest level of maternal death is seen in Eritrea" and a few other nations, a claim she herself made up and one that's not supported by any data. In fact, according to UNICEF, WHO, UNFPA and UNDP, Eritrea is one of four African countries on track to meet its Millennium Development Goal (MDG 5) for Maternal Health and has reduced its maternal mortality by an impressive 80% since winning independence in 1991.
Eritrea to send food aid to Somalia
During his recent interview with VOA, the president of Eritrea has disclosed the Red Sea State will be sending food aid to famine affected areas in Somalia. “We are willing to provide a ‘modest amount of food’ to international aid agencies to help feed hunger affected Somalis,” said President Isaias Afwerki.
Watch this video below of Mr. Av Henrik Ek and read the scathing delusional report he writes for the Expressen the following day.
Hundreds of Eritreans demonstrating against Swedish Media's blatant lies against Eritrea.
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