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Hisham Almiraat · January, 2011

Hi! I am former Global Voices Advocacy director and a long-time member of the Global Voices community. I am passionate about citizen media and freedom of speech. I'm also a medical doctor and blogger. Prior to working with GV, I co-founded Talk Morocco and Mamfakinch. You can follow me on Twitter at @almiraat.

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Latest posts by Hisham Almiraat from January, 2011

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Egypt: Sixth Day of Uprising Tweeted

  30 January 2011

The Egyptian protesters have been defying the night curfew on Sunday, as they continued demonstrating against the 30 year-old rule of Muhammed Hosni Mubarak. In a dramatic day that saw the closure by the Egyptian government of the Al Jazeera TV network's bureau in Cairo, the rapidly changing situation on the ground was largely relayed by social media networks on the Internet, especially on Twitter.

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Egypt: Videos Are Worth a Million Words

  28 January 2011

The Egyptian government is bracing itself for a fourth consecutive day of demonstrations. Activists have been circulating pamphlets and sharing videos via the Internet. The government has reacted by shutting off the the whole network. A quick roundup of videos posted YouTube urging people to join Friday's planned protest.

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Egypt: January 25 Protests in Videos

  26 January 2011

Demonstrators took to the streets of Cairo and many other Egyptian cities on Tuesday, January 25 which coincides with a national holiday, “Police Day”, to protest against the 30-year autocratic rule of President Muhammad Hosni Mubarak. Many observers noted lack of coverage by mainstream news media, but citizen videos have amassed on YouTube.

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Tunisia: Fears of Insecurity Overshadow the Joys of Freedom

  16 January 2011

On January 14, 2011, President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali abruptly fled the country he ruthlessly ruled for more than two decades. The people of Tunisia took to the streets to celebrate the dawn of a new independence. The euphoria rapidly gave way to fear about the security situation. News spread about vandals rampaging across major cities, looting shops and homes and setting fire to properties and buildings. Tunisians share their thoughts and experiences on their blogs.

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Tunisia: Tweeting Ben Ali's Speech–Change 2.0 or Just a Show?

  14 January 2011

Popular protests in the streets of Tunisian cities have been going on unabated for the past 4 weeks. They have posed the biggest challenge to Tunisian president Ben Ali in his 23 years in power. Tonight the president delivered his third address to the nation in less than a month, promising a series of reforms. Bloggers and Tweeters have been commenting the president's words.

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Tunisia, Algeria: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

  10 January 2011

Protests in Algeria and Tunisia have captured the interest of bloggers in both countries. Social media seem to be playing a central role in the coverage of the unfolding events in a context of heavy censorship and strict restrictions imposed on traditional media (mostly state-run) and on the Internet. Here is an overview of what has been said in the local blogosphere in the last couple of days.

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