What do I have in common with Lucy who lived 3.2 million years ago and is thought to have given rise to the Homo sapiens - as well as the Queen of Sheba and coffee? All of us orginate from the same country - Ethiopia, a country also known as ”the land of 13 months of sunshine”.
Not much sunshine in my second home country but there is no denying the fact that life in Sweden has its shiny sides in spite of the long frigid winter. And why did I end up in Sweden? Why not? I dare claim that Sweden is one of a handful of countries in the world where a journalist can work with unfettered journalistic independence provided one shoulders one’s profession with an equal dose of responsibility and integrity.
How many countries are there in the world where a journalist enjoys the freedom to walk into the prime minister’s office and demand to read his official correspondence? You perhaps begin to understand why I’ve been stuck with my job at Radio Sweden for more than a quarter of a century.
Right now, in addition to reporting, I produce and present EuropeFile, GreenScan and Studio 49.