FORUM FOR NATIONAL DIALOGUE (FND)
FND Mission: advocate for democracy through dialogue, engagement and participation: Mobilize, Organize, Democratize and focus on actions that get results.
FND Media Mission:provide purpose-driven, diverse, informative, engaging and inspiring contents and programs through focused and sustainable efforts using innovative tools and means to help accomplish FND’s mission.
- Serving the Public Interest:
- Educate and inform citizens of their democratic right by providing news, information, and analysis that inspires and empowers them to demand democratic change.
- Expose the true dictatorial and totalitarian nature of the PFDJ regime.
- Expose the gross human rights violations in Eritrea and advocate for the release of political prisoners and prisoners of conscience.
- Advocate for the rule of law and the constitutional governance.
- Advocate for the immediate ending the indefinite national service.
- Advocate for public participation in all levels of decision-making for peace and democracy cannot be achieved independent of each other.
- Work for a brighter future:
- Promote the cause of democracy and peace by honoring the past of Eritrea’s heroic liberation struggle and the enormous sacrifices that were madein the process.
- Cherish, protect and promote Eritrea’s national unity and national sovereignty.
- Disseminate Positive information:
- Promote the national unity among all Eritreans and help in bridging differences among the disparate organizations within the democratic forces.
- Promote reconciliation and the culture of peaceful resolution of conflicts.
- Avoidance of Harm and Offence:
- refrain from disseminating information that could cause unjustifiable harm to individuals, communities and the nation (Eritrean nationalism) or does not contribute to the advancement of FND’s cause.
- Refrain from waging any negative campaign against an organization of the Eritrean opposition to promote partisan objectives.
Core Principles:be guided by well-established codes of ethics: truthfulness, accuracy, objectivity, impartiality, fairness and public accountability.
- Trust:provide accurate, reliable information and insightful, inspiring analysis and commentaries.
- Accuracy:provide facts and information which has to be verified, substantiated and confirmed through multiple sources.
- Fairness: provide and promote a balanced understanding of issues by giving equal time and access to all sides of issues.
- Transparency: disclose as much as possible the identity and sources of information and the people behind the development of content and programs.
- Accountability: be accountable to the audiences and respond to their questions and opinions in a timely manner and correct stories, information and news when proven to be wrong.
Privacy: private information, correspondence, and conversation will not be brought into the public domain unless there is a public interest that outweighs the expectation of privacy.
Yonas Hagos: is the Chairman of Media and Public Relations at the Forum for National Dialogue (FND, aka Medrekh). He strongly believes that the media is the greatest weapon for fighting non-democratic and authoritarian governments and has a profound understanding of the information age we live in where a little information explodes all over the world within a fraction of seconds. Prior to joining Medrekh, he has been a board member and chairman of EYSC (Eritrean Youth Solidarity for Change). He, along with his colleagues, has organized many Eritrean demonstrations and conferences including the first Eritrean Youth Conference in Washington DC in 2012 and three consecutive Bologna conferences. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Asmara University.
Contact Yonas Hagos: email@example.com
Jacob Abraham is the webmaster and board member of FND. He was born in Asmera and at an early age joined the ELF Youth Group (TsebaH). After the withdrawal of ELF into the Sudan, he became a member of the ELF Sagem group and was an active member till 1991 when Eritrea was liberated. The liberation of Eritrea did not lead to its democratization and Jacob has to join the democratic struggle. He has been an active member of the Youth Movement in the Diaspora. He is a real estate broker who lives in Germany with his family.
Contact Jacob Abraham: firstname.lastname@example.org