The Voice of America and its Horn of Africa service, with languages in Amharic, Afaan Oromo, and Tigrigna occupy a special place in the history of media reporting and analysis on Ethiopia and the Horn region. Amharic, launched as the first of the three languages in September of 1982, was one of the few independent sources of news reporting and media analysis during the Derg regime (1974-91.) In July of 1996, Afaan Oromo and Tigrigna followed, allowing broader coverage and wider reach to Ethiopians, and Eritreans, from all walks of life. VOA, noted for its credible and balanced analysis through the years continues to cement itself as one of the most trusted sources of news in the region.
Pakistan recently saw a political upheaval with the election of cricketer-turned-politician, Imran Khan’s party rise to power. PTI or Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s win is exceptional not only because of its charismatic leader, but mainly because it is the first time in decades that the alternating governments between Bhutto’s party and Sharif’s party have been sidelined. Khan is being hailed (and claimed by some to have been instated) by the military as the leader the country has been waiting for since its founder, Mr. Jinnah. With elaborate military ceremonies in honor of the new Prime Minister and cheering uniformed officers, Pakistan has indeed entered a new era – or has it?