SACTISM and Radio Medrek are the same!!
By Abel Kebedom
Information is power and a weapon. It is through information that people not only plan but also work hard to achieve their objectives. Those who are armed with correct and useful information are the ones who make an informed decision and often win the competition and ultimately become successful in what they intend to do.
However in order information to be power and a weapon to its possessor, it needs to be verifiable with clear and transparent source. When the information is not verifiable and the method of data collection is dubious, not to mention the people behind it are unknown, then the cost of the information to the receiver outweighs the benefit. The sad part of it is information is also used to misinform the reader or receiver about certain factual or logical information. People who came across misinforming information might be forced to believe that the wrong information was correct.
Subsequently they may use it for shaping their opinions towards a certain phenomena or object, often resulting in unintended negative consequences. For Eritreans act of misinformation is not new because in our life we have already heard stores that are cooked for hidden agendas. The biggest ones are 2000 Eritrean solders are fighting alongside Alshebab, Eritrean planes carrying Arms landed in Bidowa, Eritrean government made polygamy legal, Ethiopian planes targeted Bisha gold mine etc.
Recently SACTISM is claiming to be the wiki leaks of Eritrea. It is releasing information authored by a person named Samuel to several media outlets. In his face book page the author claimed that he used to work for the Eritrean government and he was able to collect several documents. Samuel wants us to believe that these documents are the basis for his breaking through information on the Eritrean government injustices committed against its citizens.
Now let’s assume that his story that he had access to documents is true and make a little fact check. It does not take long to know the claim has the following problems.
PFDJ and Military officials never ever keep documents related to political prisoners or decisions related to special courts. Everything is done through telephone or oral message.
The author’s information is very detailed and sometimes it carries information that is impossible for a single person to collect. Information related to time, colour of cloth, and communication between top PFDJ leaders is too detailed to be true.
Some of the information had already been released years ago and now it is recycled and presented by the author as new. The more likely scenario is that the hints for SACTISM information are compiled by Woyane cadres from asylum seekers, previous radio interviews with people who left the PFDJ regime and the internet. Then the information is carefully cooked to make it effective in creating friction among Eritreans.
I am not saying the regime in Eritrea does not abuse its prisoners. In fact the author of SACTISM story is banking on such Eritrean mind set. To put it figuratively if we assume that the SACTISM story is a tree, the stem is the general knowledge of Eritreans that the PFDJ regime abuses its prisoners. However the branches of the tree are simply artistic drama outcomes of the Woyane spy agencies.
If Samuel is telling the truth he needs to call an Eritrean radio station and explain to the Eritrean people who he is and how he got the information. So many people are coming out and telling the Eritrean people what they knew. So there is no reason for Samuel to hide behind the computer.
If Samuel is not willing to introduce himself to the Eritrean people then he is not what he claims to be. Most likely he is Woyane spy agent who is tasked in creating false misinformation stories about Eritrea. By the way when I was a child we used the word SACT to call a person who creates stories from nothing. Coincidence or a hint that Samuel is giving us to what he is doing?
Similarly Medrek radio releasing information to its readers that it claims came from its reporters from inside Eritrea. Although some of the information makes sense, most of it is not believable. Medrek wants us to believe that it has informers in high ranking Eritrean military leaders. Accordingly it releases information including a discussion that was made at a meeting of three high ranking military officials. If that is true, isn’t it possible for the PFDJ officials to easily identify as to who leaked the information? Hence it is time for SACTISM and Medrek radio station and other social media to stop insulting our intelligence and start supplying the Eritrean people with honest and verifiable information.
You cannot overthrow a government by cooking false information.
Awet N’Hafash and Zelealemwi Zikri N’Sewatna.
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