Ethiomedia: Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks
We read, Ethiomedia editor’s (30th of April) battle cry under the heading of “to save Medrek from disintegration”. We do not have a problem with that battle cry, even though we wonder why the Editor thinks Medrek is about to be disintegrated as if it were built on a sand castle! That is, after all, his perception and we wish him good luck in saving Medrek.
What troubled us is that why he needs to lie to his readers. Like all the other websites, we receive many news and articles from various sources. On 29th of April, we received a piece of news sent to us by Prof. Mesfin’s UDJ. Unlike Ethiomedia, we believe in freedom of speech and we do not believe in censorship. So, we published it.
We are attacked for publishing the news sent by UDJ – Prof, that Ethiomedia censored and didn’t want his readers to know. For committing this crime, his Excellency from never-never land called us, “Weyane” and “owned by Mimi Sebhatu”
I think, this is where Ethiomedia appears to us dim-witted; a classical example of feeble-mindedness. For him, “Weyane” and “Mimi Sebhatu” are probably the smarter beings that he has ever been with when he was under their payroll. We differ. Even with the most implausible conspiracy theory, we do not think that neither “Weyane” nor “Mimi Sebhatu” can run such a first class, independent, and out of the box media like ours.
We have not yet recycled ourselves from one extreme political thought to the other. We are a Free Sprit media and we pride ourselves of thinking out of the box, challenging the status quo and contributing to bring the Ethiopian media into the 21st century.
We have different views to life. We have no dogmatic view of the world we inherited from our past. Unlike Ethiomedia, we publish both-sides of the stories because we believe our readers are intelligent enough to makeup their mind.
Unlike Ethiomedia, we are not revolutionaries and we do not censor. We trust, our readers have at least above average intelligence who can read between the lines to understand and make informed decisions. We don’t chew and ask them to swallow.
We also recognise the likes of Ethiomedia to be from different world as it has been recycling itself from one extreme to the other. We do not believe in censorship but, of course, it is Ethiomedia that knows the intelligence of its readers in reading between the lines and reaching on their own conclusion. We do not pock our nose in others business.
The difference is that while we endeavour to empower individuals; Ethiomedia tries to indoctrinate his narrow dogma. We provide all sides of the argument, Ethiomedia censors. We try to provide the whole information from left to right, Ethiomedia selectively chew for its readers to swallow. Ethiomedia lies for temporary political advantage, we endeavour to bring credibility. Ethiomedia suffer from outdated, Stalinist- hangover, we start from clean sheet.
As our motto states, we believe in “Free Sprit”. We assume our readers are intelligent enough to read and understand. We believe our readers need no nanny to save them from information overshock.
Ethiomedia resorts to Stalinist strategy of slogan-mongering and threats, we don’t. As the Editor labelled in his editorial note, he called those who disagree with him ‘Anarchists’, including Prof. Mesfin. We know what they did to ‘Anarchists’ in the 70’s and it wouldn’t surprise us if Ethiomedia militia beat a hell out of Prof. Mesfin and co.
We understand revolutionaries are hard-wired in violence and it is difficult for them to respect difference of opinion. Anarchist, Trotsky, traitors, mehal safari, kegne mengedegna, etc may come to their mind too quickly but we really feel pity for them as they cut their political tooth with Stalinist dogma. Nevertheless with proper training, we at Ethiofact believe, even an old dog can learn new tricks albeit slowly than a puppy.
We are happy to help. After all we want to make them part of the solution rather than remain as part of the problem.