ESAT services disrupted, board says working to resolve crisis |
Ethiomedia | May 29, 2010
SEATTLE - Ethiopian Satellite Broadcasting Service (ESAT) programs have been disrupted since Thursday and the board said negotiations were underway to resolve the crisis.
Millions of Ethiopians welcomed the launch of the satellite television service as a political breakthrough that would end state-sponsored news and information blackout that has hit Ethiopia for several years.
Government policy doesn't allow Ethiopians to start their own TV and radio services, and many observers assert that it is a deliberate policy to keep the people uninformed and vulnerable to government misinformation and manipulation.
ESAT was born at a time when government repression became complete even the daily one-hour broadcasting services of the Voice of America (VOA) and Deutsche Welle (DW) are jammed to listeners in the country.
The service interruption is caused neither by any action or omission of ESAT or any of its personnel. It also ruled out equipment failure or technical problems.
The board said ESAT will continue to 'provide the services it has started,' and expressed gratitude to "our viewers and supporters for their moral, financial and material support. We ask our viewers and supporters to bear with us patiently as we resolve the current service interruption issue."
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