Each week we recap the posts we have had on social media. This is July 8 – 14!
At the same time that the events in Egypt continue on the streets, a semantic battle takes place on the internet over the framing of the events. In Wikipedia, the title of the page covering the events of the beginning of July is changing constantly. Read more here.
Your Middle East
This article tells about the filming of a documentary film among Indian migrant workers in the UAE. With the film, Lebanese filmmaker Mahmoud Kaabour offers an example on how to reframe the workers and challenge existing stereotypes. “For example, not everyone who lives in the camps is a construction worker. And those who live in the labour camps are not necessarily poor. While many would think that the only way they can help them is by donating money, I’d say that by giving them a chance to sing, to talk about music, you might actually make their day”, Kaabour says. Read the full article here.
Due to pressure from journalists, the controversial Communications and Media Commission of Iraq law, and the information crimes law have been withdrawn by the government in Iraq this week to be modified. “Withdrawing the law is an opportunity that allows the elites to push a draft law that will be the best in the Arab region, and that guarantees the freedom of speech, and goes in line with the political system in Iraq,” Ziad Ojaili, journalist and director of the Journalistic Freedoms Observatory in Iraq, said to Al Monitor.
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More than 80% of Tunisians believe that the level of corruption has increased since the revolution in fields such as the police force, tax revenue services, and media, according to a poll of Transparency International. The study also revealed that 66% percent of Tunisian citizens surveyed did not think that ordinary people could make a difference in the fight against corruption. “We should bear in mind that this is still a transition”, says Achref Aouadi, founder of the watchdog organisation `I Watch Tunisia´. He remains optimistic. Read more here.
Meet Soultana, a Moroccan hip-hop star who raps in Darija dialect for Moroccan youths and society as a whole “about issues that mattered to them, such as jobs, gender equality and being treated with respect by older people.” She also travels abroad, for example to the UK and the US, to perform, but also engages in discussion about her culture and beliefs. Read more here.