Eritrea’s foreign ministry has summoned Germany’s ambassador to Asmara over “unbridled smear campaigns” by German government-funded international broadcaster Deutsche Welle, Eritrea’s Information Minister Yemane Gebremeskel has said.
The foreign ministry would seek “clarification/rectification” from the ambassador over Deutsche Welle’s “despicable” coverage of national service in Eritrea, and the peace process with Ethiopia, he added in a tweet:
German Government funded Deutsche Welle persists in its unbridled smear campaigns against Eritrea. Latest in these despicable series are half-baked and strident website pieces on the peace process and the National Service by its senior editors of the English/Amharic Services.
— Yemane G. Meskel (@hawelti) October 21, 2019
The broadcaster and the German government have not yet commented.
Relations between the two countries are strained because of Germany’s insistence that Eritrea’s human rights situation should improve.