Social media recap: July 1-7

Each week we recap the posts we have had on social media. This is July 1 – 7!

Reporters Without Borders
Tunisian journalists are demanding more protection and the criminalization of assaults against them. Already at the one-year anniversary of Tunisia’s revolution, Reporters Without Borders wrote an open letter to Tunisian authorities and asked them to send “a strong signal to all those who flout freedom of expression and the freedom of journalists to be able to report the news in a completely independent manner.” Read the open letter here.

Journalist Paul Cockburn traveled for a month inside Syria and observed the coverage of foreign news on the events he witnessed. He writes:
“In the middle of a ferocious civil war it is self-serving credulity on the part of journalists to assume that either side in the conflict, government or rebel, is not going to concoct or manipulate facts to serve its own interests. Yet much foreign media coverage is based on just such an assumption.” Read the article here.

Al Jazeera
Marwan Bishara, senior political analyst of Al Jazeera English, writes on the possible outcomes of Egypt’s political deadlock:
“Considering that the Brotherhood is far less likely to be able to rule alone, and the opposition wont be able to do the same, the only truly viable option […] begins by having a true national dialogue among equals, i.e. among the political and civic groups representing the Egyptian people and their revolution over the identity, constitution and roadmap of a democratic Egypt.” Read the analysis here.

The Committee to Protect Journalists
The Committee to Protect Journalists promotes press freedom worldwide and defends the right of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal. Among their regional sections, they feature one for Middle East & North Africa, reporting harassment of journalists and limits to their freedom of expression. On their website, CPJ e.g. features the Journalist Security Guide which gives guidelines on how to report in conflicts or other situations of reduced security. View the guideline here.

“Western intellectual circles—especially those profiteering from Western policymaking bodies—remain willfully entrapped in an outdated and out-of-touch Orientalist worldview of the region“.
In this opinion piece published on MadaMasr, Khaled Shaalan criticizes Western media reports on the situation in Egypt.
What do you think? Read the opinion piece here.

“Just as we were waiting for the government to expand media freedoms, we find that they have abandoned those rights,” Khaled Al-Hammadi, head of the Freedom Foundation for Media Freedom and Development in Yemen said to Yemen Times. The foundation issued a report this week, documenting increased violations against journalists. Al-Hammadi also mentioned issues among journalists in Yemen and asks the Yemeni Journalists Syndicate to impose a code of ethics. Read the article here


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