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Leila Nachawati Rego

I'm a Spanish-Syrian human rights activist. I teach Communications at Madrid´s Carlos III University. My focus is on freedom of speech and new forms of communication, especially in the Miiddle East and North Africa.

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Syria: Negotiating Defection on Twitter

  26 December 2012

Following reports that former Syrian spokesman Jihad Makdissi had fled to the US, on 25 December activist Rami Jarrah, also known as Alexander Page, released private Twitter messages that show Makdissi had been in contact with him for months. This could be, as Twitter users have named it, “the first defection negotiation in history.”

Syria: Curating @TweetWeekSyria

Have you heard about Rotation Curation? It is the process of rotating the spokesperson on a social media account. It was originated in December 2011, when a project called Curators of Sweden was launched, handing the official Twitter account @Sweden to a new Swedish person every week. Now this initiative has...

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Best of the Blogs 2012: Winners Announced

  5 May 2012

After a month of voting and jury discussions, the awards for this year's Best of the Blogs - the BOBs - have been decided. In addition to winners decided by user vote, a jury of bloggers, media experts and activists have curated the best blogs, campaigns and media projects in six multilingual categories.

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Syria: Crackdown Against Journalists Continues

With thousands killed, tortured, arrested and disappeared, the Syrian struggle continues amid unprecedented brutality. In its attempt to silence activists, the regime has stepped up its crackdown against journalists, bloggers and video activists. Salma Yafi, a student of Journalism and member for the National Development Party, is one of the regime's latest victims.

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