4 April 2011
Mobile phones and social connectivity sites are offering marginalized groups a new voice, and have become the primary medium behind waves of democratic revolution surging throughout the Middle East.
“Social media played an essential role to mobilize youths, and they were the engine of this revolution,” Nihad Abu El-Komsan, head of the Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights told MediaGlobal, “They took their freedom from the internet to the street; community now is freedom for the whole nation.”
Amateur photographers have used their mobile phones to record protests and their aftermath, with streams of graphic images depicting the wounded and dead posted to YouTube and Twitter. The Facebook group, The Syrian Revolution 2011, called for a “Week of the Martyrs,” a country-wide protest, to honor the recently slain and oppose the al-Assad government. Continue reading