Is it a coincidence that Berhanu Nega
, an influential Ethiopian opposition leader, is being called an Eritrea-funded "terrorist" on the same exact day that he
was supposed to testify before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs
in a session labeled "The Future of Democracy and Human Rights"?
The website claims that ESAT gives preferential coverage to Ginbot 7, co-founded by Berhanu Nega.
Whatever the case may be, one thing is for certain: ESAT has been enormously popular in comparison to Awramba Times
As of June 29, 2013, Awramba Times' global rank is 107,724 while ESAT stands at 24,836.
Interestingly, a bump in traffic is seen following June 20, 2013 when
released the allegedly leaked audio, momentarily catapulting their rankings to almost 50,000 (see Fig.
2). Could this be the reason for the attack on ESAT and Berhanu Nega?
Alexa's global traffic rankings as of June 29, 2013 (Source: Alexa.com).
The odd thing is that spite of the fact that both Ethiopian opposition media sources are externally funded (allegedly or proven) and both are considered terrorist entities under Ethiopia's sweeping anti-terrorism laws, only one seems to take on the terrorist label that the Ethiopian ruling regime often likes to dish out.
ESAT is the terrorist, apparently, and Ginbot 7
, Berhanu Nega
, Eritrea, and Egypt are all terrorists by alleged associations based on unproven claims.
Why does Sudan Tribune spare Awramba Times of such a label?
Why not associate the US and the NED
with the "terrorist" like they do Eritrea?
In addition, it's quite hard to ignore the fact that the leaked audio fell on the same day that Berhanu Nega of the Ginbot 7 testified before Congress.
referred to ESAT multiple times in his
testimony and by the end of the session, U.S. Rep.