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Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Failure is not an option

The Ethiopian Satellite Service is back again with its rallying call: Failure is not option. That is exactly what the heroine leader Birtukan Mideksa had said.

Despite the fact that transmissions to Ethiopia have been off air for nearly a month due to unidentified electronic interference beamed on the frequencies of ESAT, the management and the international advisory board have been looking into ways of bypassing the jamming. Now the effort has been successful.

It may be an understatement to claim that we are living in an information age. One of the measures of development has now been access to information. Unfortunately, in countries like Ethiopia where tyrants make every effort to block the free flow of information, and thereby muffle some inconvenient truth, is making progress more difficult.

No matter how hard tyrants try to stop Ethiopians from accessing, sharing and communicating information, there are innovative solutions for almost every kind of man-made problems. Unlike the dark ages, one of the manifestations of the information age is enlightenment. Ethiopians will have to catch up with the rest of the world.

As any efforts to hinder our unfettered access to information is illegal, evil, backward and antithesis to human progress, the Meles regime has to desist from jamming radio broadcasts, blocking websites, closing newspapers and jailing the journalists. All of these crimes are being well registered with local and international human rights groups that will continue to expose the stupidity, criminality and backwardness of the tyrannical regime, which doesn’t still accept the rights of citizens to live in freedom without any fear of being the victims of all sorts of bandits and tyrants in power.

Those of us who have been making efforts to facilitate and promote the free flow of information should take our motto more seriously. Addis Voice also believes that FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION…