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Eritrean Satellite Television

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Eritrean Satellite Television is a non-profit public media organization based in California, USA, founded in October 2018 with the goal of providing impartial journalism to Eritrea's diverse communities.

Current Situation in Eritrea[edit]

Eritrea faces limited freedom of speech and access to alternative media sources, with all media being controlled by the government and private media being banned. Reports of censorship, suppression of dissenting voices, and human rights violations, such as restrictions on civil liberties and arbitrary detention and mistreatment of political prisoners, have been reported. Only 20% of the population has access to the internet. The country ranks poorly in terms of human rights and press freedom as reported by organizations such as Human Rights Watch and the World Press Freedom Index.

Media Blackout[edit]

All media in Eritrea is controlled by the government and private media is banned, leading to a media blackout in the country and a lack of access to accurate and diverse information. Eritrea was ranked second worst in the world for press freedom in 2021.

Jailed Journalist in Eritrea:[edit]

Journalists in Eritrea face significant restrictions and have been arrested, imprisoned, and subjected to torture. According to Human Rights Watch, Eritrean authorities have arrested and detained journalists, opposition politicians, and other perceived opponents without trial for years, often in harsh and life-threatening conditions. The Committee to Protect Journalists has documented numerous cases of journalists arrested and held incommunicado without trial.

Freedom of Press/Speech Ranking:[edit]

Eritrea ranks "Not Free" in terms of press freedom and freedom of speech according to Freedom House's 2022 Press Freedom Index, scoring 89 out of 100. The country consistently ranks poorly in terms of human rights and freedom of the press as reported by organizations such as Reporters Without Borders and Freedom House.

Human Rights Violation:[edit]

Eritrea is known for widespread human rights violations, including restrictions on civil liberties and arbitrary detention and mistreatment of political prisoners. The government is accused of extrajudicial killings, forced labor, and torture. The country is criticized for its lack of transparency and accountability and for failing to address human rights concerns.


ERISAT, founded by Eritreans in the diaspora in October 2018, has emerged as a prominent source of impartial journalism for Eritreans worldwide.

Mission and Vision[edit]

ERISAT's mission is to provide trusted, responsible, and impartial journalism that informs, engages, and empowers Eritrea's diverse communities. Its vision is to become Eritrea's Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).

Programs and Services[edit]

ERISAT broadcasts 24-hour daily TV programs in Afar, Arabic, Blin, Tigre, and Tigrinya, including news, analysis, information, entertainment, talk shows, documentaries, sports, and cultural programming about Eritrea and the world. ERISAT also started a one-hour shortwave radio program airing five days a week to reach communities with limited access to satellite TV and internet services. The organization partners with over 25 YouTube channels to provide diverse programming from different perspectives.

Leadership and Staff[edit]

ERISAT is led by a volunteer board of directors and staffed by Eritrean volunteers from around the world.

Funding and Support[edit]

ERISAT's primary source of funding is donations from the public and Eritrean volunteers across the globe.

See also[edit]


  1. Freedom House. (2022). Freedom in the World 2022: Eritrea. https://freedomhouse. 
  2. Committee to Protect Journalists. (2021). Eritrea.
  3. UNESCO. (2016). Dawit Isaac awarded the 2016 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.
  4. PEN America. (2005). Simeon Eyob awarded the PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award.
  5. Committee to Protect Journalists. (2002). CPJ honors journalists who have died or suffered in pursuit of their craft.
  6. Human Rights Watch. (2021). Eritrea.
  11. List of television networks by country#Eritrea

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