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[liberationtech] More on Controversy, re: Reporters Without Borders's Info on Eritrea Banning Al Jazeera

Brian Conley brianc at
Mon Feb 11 13:19:11 PST 2013

My read was that Al Jazeera was not *blocked* ie having the satellite
service jammed (this is quite difficult to do accurately, see Gaddafi's
apparent jamming of Thuraya in 2006 when trying to jam Al Jazeera). I
believe that was some sensationalism on RSF's part, but that there is an
order forbidding the airing of AJ in public places, which makes sense for
the ERitrean government to enforce for all kinds of reasons (oppressive
though they may be).

On Mon, Feb 11, 2013 at 4:36 AM, Yosem Companys <companys at>wrote:

> NOTE: Some on Twitter describe @tekerebanelim as "a fanatic
> propagandist of the Eritrean government - she is not a credible source
> of information."  However, others in the Eritrea diaspora are saying
> that Reporters Without Borders's info was not corroborated, and even
> some who are close to the story are alleging as much as well.
> Liberationtech: Eritrea government blocked access to @AlJazeera
> 5:26pm, Feb 10 from Buffer
> FnanDesta: @Liberationtech @AlJazeera #Eritrea government has not
> blocked @AJEnglish this is inaccurate. Check your sources.
> #EritreaNot4Sale
> 6:16pm, Feb 10 from Web
> Liberationtech: @fnandesta @AlJazeera @AJEnglish You should contact
> @RSF_RWB. It's their story. If you evidence to contrary, pls send.
> 6:28pm, Feb 10 from HootSuite
> FnanDesta: @Liberationtech @AlJazeera @AJEnglish @RSF_RWB South
> African AMB to Eritrea and multiple other witnesses in Eritrea say its
> false.
> 6:31pm, Feb 10 from Web
> Liberationtech: @fnandesta @AlJazeera @AJEnglish @RSF_RWB Do you have
> any links? Anyone who has written about this story? Thx.
> 6:36pm, Feb 10 from HootSuite
> FnanDesta: @Liberationtech @AlJazeera @AJEnglish @RSF_RWB Eyewitness
> @tekerebanelim has been tweeting and sending photos from Eritrea
> proving it false
> 6:43pm, Feb 10 from Web
> Liberationtech: @fnandesta @AlJazeera @AJEnglish @RSF_RWB
> @tekerebanelim Any chance you could share that on Twitter or via our
> list at
> 6:56pm, Feb 10 from HootSuite
> FnanDesta: @Liberationtech @AlJazeera @AJEnglish @RSF_RWB
> @tekerebanelim its only 6AM in Eritrea so @tekerebanelim can respond
> to you when its day
> 7:08pm, Feb 10 from Web
> Liberationtech: @fnandesta @AlJazeera @AJEnglish @RSF_RWB
> @tekerebanelim @tekerebanelim Gotcha.
> 8:02pm, Feb 10 from HootSuite
> tekerebanelim: @Liberationtech @FnanDesta @AlJazeera @AJEnglish
> @RSF_RWB see attached pic w/time & gps info.
> 10:20pm, Feb 10 from Web
> tekerebanelim: @Liberationtech @FnanDesta @AlJazeera @AJEnglish
> @RSF_RWB G'morn fm sunny #Asmara! Ill send new pic shortly, & here's
> sabzbrach: @EriRevoltMay24 @AnonOps_Eritrea @africamedia_CPJ Do you
> have any info on the Eritrean gov blocking Al Jazeera? @liberationtech
> is asking.
> 7:09pm, Feb 10 from Web
> Liberationtech: @sabzbrach @EriRevoltMay24 @AnonOps_Eritrea
> @africamedia_CPJ The info was provided by @amanuelghirmai to @RSF_RWB.
> Eritreans dispute info.
> 7:26pm, Feb 10 from HootSuite
> EriRevoltMay24: @Liberationtech @sabzbrach @AnonOps_Eritrea
> @africamedia_CPJ @amanuelghirmai @RSF_RWB Its not jammed however it is
> banned by state order
> 8:27pm, Feb 10 from Web
> Salem_Solomon: @africamedia_CPJ @Liberationtech @sabzbrach check
> conversation here & also
> africamedia_CPJ: . at sabzbrach Brother of #Eritrea's ex-censor-in-chief
> claims govt issues verbal orders w/o paper trail
> @Liberationtech Feb 10, 9:31pm via Web
> africamedia_CPJ: . at sabzbrach we did not obtain independent
> confirmation of the report of official state jamming of Al Jazeera in
> Eritrea cc: @Liberationtech Feb 10, 9:21pm via Web
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