Social media recap: July 22-28

Each week we recap the posts we have had on social media. This is July 22 – 28! talked to AJE about their interactive maps. Interactive producer Mohammed Haddad explains why gathering data is beneficial: “For stories where data is not readily available, we go through typical processes: we call people, get contacts, they pass us to someone who may know how to get more data. I think that’s where the added value comes in, data journalism as a process of data collection.” Read the full article here.

An immigrant community turned over time into locals: Sumeja Tulic reports from Naples on the Italian city’s Arab inhabitants and subculture. Read the report here.

Documentary film making is spreading fast and becoming more professional in Arab countries. Especially women have become active film makers who document reality around them. “Documentaries are becoming a great way to lobby for change when necessary.” Read more about Arab film making here.

As’ad AbuKhalil argues in this lively opinion piece that the Bahrainis who are protesting against the regime do not exist in neither Western nor Arab media because their uprising poses a threat to Western interests:
„The story of Bahrain is NOT told in Arab or Western media. The people of Bahrain do NOT exist, and their protests NEVER happened, and their uprising does NOT belong to the list of Arab uprisings. […] They are posing a threat to the ruling dynasty and to Western interests.“, he states. Read the whole opinion piece here.

“Faced with the political changes in Egypt, pressure from the opposition in Tunisia and its threats to take to the streets, as well as calls to disband the government and Constituent Assembly, the ruling troika reached an agreement with parliamentary blocs to form a `consensus committee´ to introduce the necessary amendments to the constitution.” Read the article about the Tunisian constitution here.

The Guardian
Haifaa al Mansour is the first female feature film director in Saudia Arabia. In this interview by the Guardian she talks about her work and how things are slowly but steadily changing for women:
“I understand that change is such a painful process and people need to take time to change on their own pace and not be forced to adapt to a new lifestyle without believing it,” she says. But she also finds: “It´s exciting to be part of what´s happening in Saudi now. It´s changing, it´s a moving society.” Watch the interview here.


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