Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Arab revolutions and the media

Arab revolutions and the media - Listening Post - Al Jazeera English

Never before has the media played such a central role in the political unrest and the movement for political change. While state-owned media's role grew more and more defunct, across the region protestors used social media, blogs and mobile phone footage to get their message out.

Governments, meanwhile, took drastic measures to silence the opposition. In Egypt, authorities shut down the internet. In Libya, journalists were killed and in Syria, social media activists were detained.