Axumite Media Ltd. is an independent online media platform with a mobile studio aspiring to be on satellite TV soon. It is established by visionary journalists and media professionals who fled Ethiopia due to the genocidal war in the country, ethnic profiling, a total lack of media freedom and communication blackout in Tigray, one of the regional states in Ethiopia. All of the journalists working at Axumite Media have horror stories and difficult times to remember; escaped arrest and persecution, and most of them were working in media institutions in Addis Ababa and Tigray.
Axumite Media is now producing content aiming at uncovering the atrocities, massacres, and the distraction happening because of the war in Ethiopia, with a particular focus on the people of Tigray. It independently produces content which advances the interests of the people of Tigray in Ethiopia and discusses issues related to the political future of these people and that of Ethiopia.
Axumite Media provides content in Tigrigna language for Radio Wegahta Tigray, a community radio registered in the USA which is reaching the rural people in Tigray. Axumite covers daily news of the station and produces other content targeting the most affected by the war. The radio has been a light in the darkness considering the total blockade of information and absolute censorship in Tigray by the Federal government and its allies [Eritrean government and Amhara Regional Forces]. Axumite also wishes to have its own radio show soon.
Providing impartially verified information to the people being affected by the war. There is high partisan framing of information and false propaganda, and Axumite through its online platform and radio airtime is trying to become a credible source of information that people could rely on to make informed decisions.
Uncovering the atrocities, massacres, rape and human rights violations, and reporting on the ramifications of the genocidal war taking place against the people of Tigray and beyond.
Setting agendas helpful to peace and negotiation, lasting political settlement and decide what is important for the future of the people of Tigray.
Preparing the mind of people for the post-war time of reconstruction and rehabilitation.
- News and Analysis (ዜና፣ ሓተታ) – are daily programs.
- Media Review- (ያበለ) –three times a week –reviews and discusses what is on the media regarding Tigray and Ethiopia.
- Reclaims (ንፅረት)- Twice a week and aims to alter wrong perceptions, misinformation, distortions, prejudice, stereotypes, hate, etc. by providing new information, introducing new meaning and fresh perspective.
- Entertainment (ጠዓሞት)- It’s a weekly entertainment program aimed at breaking the depression, stress, pain and sorrow of the people in the war zone and beyond.
- Agenda (ፍኖት)- Twice a week and focuses on setting an agenda about the future of the people of Tigray, Ethiopia and the horn of Africa.
- Interviews (ሕርያ)- twice a week where we conduct selected interviews on current issues.
- Provision of News and other contents for Radio Wegahta Tigray – Axumite media covers the daily news hour of the radio station and also contributes other programs.
Basic Monthly Expenses
Requests and Demands
Grants and funds to run the media effectively: so far individual contributors from the Tigray community all over the world have been supporting us; now the media hasn’t enough resources to cover expenses. For instance, it has been a while since the radio show stopped being aired because of a lack of money to pay the monthly 5300$ airwave host rent. We are struggling to get it back on the air, preferably under Axumite Media.
Relocation to third countries: preferably Germany, Canada, UK, Australia, USA, etc. We want to grow as an independent media in a world where freedom of expression is guaranteed and journalists are protected. We believe that the post-genocidal-war people of Tigray deserves better institutionalized and independent media for the fact that post-war governments could have the potential to be very repressive; exploiting the securitization of politics.
Protection and Safety: We don’t have safety and can be abducted anytime by the Ethiopian security and intelligence forces operating in Nairobi. Therefore, we request protection be provided to us from the UN Humanitarian and Human Rights Agencies, the Kenyan Government and other embassies.
List of Journalists with Short Biography
- Woldegiorgis G/Hiwot Teklay
Woldegiorgis Ghebrehiwot Teklay is the Managing Director of Axumite Media and Radio Wegahta Tigray (RWT). He is also among the founders of Axumite Media Ltd.
Woldegiorgis has more than 13 years of experience in journalism practice, corporate communication management; media management; and journalism and communications education (lecturing and research). He has been practising journalism on online, print and broadcast media outlets.
He practised and managed communication works in an academic and non-academic environment. Woldegiorgis taught courses such as journalism, public relations, advertising media planning, communications, media management, and media research methodology in a university.
Woldegiorgis has studied Journalism and Communication; Culture, Society & Media; Art and Politics; Human Security and Governance in Africa; and the Teaching Profession/Pedagogy, among others.
- Dawit Haileyesus Hailemariam
Dawit is a Production Manager at Axumite Media Ltd. He handles all kinds of graphic designing, audio-visual editing, directing and recording. He has more than 10 years of experience in production management, directing, and audio-video editing and graphic designing. Dawit studied information technology (IT), 3D Max, camera operation, mass media & communication, and marketing management.
- Tesfalem Berhe Hagos
Tesfalem is a News Assignment Editor at Axumite Media. He came to Nairobi by bus through Moyale travelling for two weeks for fear of political persecution and ethnic profiling problems. Tesfalem practised journalism for seven years at Dimtsi Weyane Radio & TV station in Tigray, Ethiopia. He has authored a book that narrates the history of modern education in Ethiopia. A graduate of Ethiopian Languages and Literature, Tesfalem is married and a father of one.
- Teshager Tsigab Gebremeskel
Teshager is a Programs Coordinator & Producer at Axumite Media Ltd. Teshager has four years of experience as a university lecturer, human rights activist and defender. He taught constitutional law, human rights torts, property law, banking and classes relating to civil rights. He is also an executive member and legal team coordinator of Seb Hidri Civil Society in Tigray on which he advocates human rights, justice and rule of law. Teshager graduated in law, was studying two postgraduate degrees in international human rights law and business law at Mekelle University before being forced to exile to Nairobi, Kenya.
- Akberet Gebresilasie Gebertsadikan
Akberet Gebresilasie Gebertsadikan is a Producer & Host at Axumite Media. Back home, Akberet worked for two years at the regional government’s Tigray Mass Media agency as a TV Reporter and live host in the Amharic service desk. Akberet is a graduate of Art Music with a BA degree.
- Weyni Abraha Asgedom
Weyni is a Producer & Host at Axumite Media. She is a gender equality activist and founder of Yikono, a movement that labours to stop violations against women and for gender equality in Tigray. Weyni wrote two books in the Tigrinya language; one is a collection of short stories and the other about the life story of a rape victim woman.
- Semehal Fikresilasie Amare
Semehal Fikiresilassie Amare, is a Producer and Host of the Amharic programs at Axumite Media. Semehal worked for two years as a reporter for the Tigray Mass Media Agency, a government media establishment. She had also worked as an investment agent in areas of agriculture and paltry. Semehal studied BA in Psychology.
- Andom Gebreyessus Gebreselassie
Andom is an Online Media Curator for Axumite Media and Radio Wegahta Tigray. He is responsible for handling the Youtube, Website, and all other social media accounts of the two platforms.
Andom is academically an electrical and electronics engineer. Professionally, he is an ICT expert, website & mobile app developer, photographer, graphic editor, author, freelance writer and tourism expert. He has published several tourism articles, wrote guides, design tourist maps; developed professional websites; mobile apps and authored books.
With more than 15 years of experience in the fields of electrical, information communication technology and tourism, Andom is a father of two.
- Correspondents in Tigray and Addis Ababa
Axumite Media has experienced correspondents in Tigray and Addis Ababa.
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Woldegiorgis G. Teklay
Managing Director, Axumite Media Ltd.