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MENA: Blogs and a social revolution

Saudi blogger, Esam Mudeer, clipped from CNN Arabic, an article asking -in light of last week's major events in the Arab world- if Arab blogs might lead a social revolution in the region.

تميّز الأسبوع الماضي في نشاط المدونين العرب بحركات احتجاج واسعة على أوضاع الحريات في دول عربية، ولاسيما في المملكة العربية السعودية وتونس، زيادة على تنامي تنديد المدونين بما يقولون إنّه “رقابة” باتت تمارس عليهم، زيادة على حكوماتهم، الهيئات المشرفة على منتديات عالمية، مثل “فليكر” و”فيس بوك.”

وتميّز نشاط الكثير من المدونات السعودية خلال الأسبوع بالدعوة إلى إضراب جوع تضامنا مع نشطين معتقلين.

وفي الوقت الذي لم تتوفر معلومات بعد عن حجم الإضراب الذي وقع في السادس والسابع من نوفمبر/ تشرين الأول، تميّز نشاط المدونين السعوديين بجرأة، “وذلك احتجاجاً على انتهاك حقوق المعتقلين، وعموم السجناء في المملكة العربية السعودية، الذين حرموا من ما أوجبه نظام الإجراءات الجزائية.”

والسجناء الذين تضامن معهم المدونون هم من “تيار العدل�والشورى وحقوق الإنسان، ومن ضمنهم متروك الفالح.

Last week has marked the activity of Arab bloggers with wide protest movements on freedom status in Arab countries, particularly in Saudi Arabia and Tunisia. Additionally, there was an increase of bloggers condemning the Censorship practiced by their government, as well as other organizers of international websites like Flickr and Facebook.
Saudi blogs have been distinguished this week for their hunger strike call, in solidarity with the detained activists.While no information is available yet about the size of the strike, which occurred on the sixth and seventh of November; this daring activity by Saudi bloggers in protest again the violation of the detained rights, and who have been deprived what the punishment procedure system has mandated, was noticed.

None the less, the bloggers were in solidarity with the prisoners from the movement “Justice, Shura and human rights”, whom Matruk Al Faleh was amongst them.

1 comment

  • Saudi authorities blocked my blog bcz of my participation in the local hunger strike

    The team blog for the Internet & Democracy Project, a research initiative at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, wrote this:

    “Apparently for fear of repercussion, very few Saudi bloggers picked up the story and placed the campaign banner on their blogs. Saudi Jeans and Esam Mudeer are among the few. This move is very risky and the participants face serious consequences, especially because strikes and demonstrations are banned in Saudi Arabia”.

    Saudi activists launch a daring and bold move to support human rights
    http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/idblog/2008/11/03/saudi-activists-launch-a-daring-and-bold-move-to-support-human-rights/

    After blocking my blog, what is next?

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