Each week we recap the posts we have had on social media. This is August 19-25!
Al Jazeera reports on a Swedish solidarity campaign that was sparked after a Muslim woman was beaten severely on Friday night in a neighborhood near Stockholm, the Swedish capital. Women, children and even men dress in headscarves and post their pictures on Instagram with the hashtag #hijabuppropet, or ‘hijab outcry’.
The campaign stresses everyone’s right to dress as they want and denounces hate crimes based on religion and appearance.
Among the people posting their pictures, also prominent figures participated. A MP of the Green party Åsa Romson wrote on Twitter: “Risk of being beaten and discriminated against for how they choose to dress, everyday life for many women in Sweden 2013.” Read more here.
Al Akhbar English
The definition of ‘terrorism’ and the framing of acts of violence in media is one of the most controversial issues of foreign news in our time. Why were the April bombings at the Boston marathon called ‘terrorist attacks’, but the car bombs in Lebanon last week ‘blasts’? Read Yazan al-Saadi’s assessment on the matter.
News always cover the most recent military developments in Syria, but there are other actors too inside the country besides the parties fighting. Aid workers of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, one of the main organizations delivering assistance to affected Syrians all over the country, tell the story of how news coverage on their organization affects their work. “Support may be going to entities, other organizations, that may have a maybe more positive depiction. But it’s only a depiction”, says SARC’s head of operations Khaled Erkssousi. “Some things in the media affect the morale and in fact the safety of volunteers, because people who are not educated enough, they hear something on TV, and they take it for granted. And while on TV it can cost some time and electricity to say this, on our end, it may cost us bullets.” Read more here.
“Radio is a main conductor and a real influence on the views of peoples of the Sahara,” radio journalist Mohamed Ahrimo said. This is one of the reasons why Studio Tamani was launched: Studio Tamani is a new-radio station based in Bamako that aims to promote stability and reconciliation among the peoples of the Sahel. It broadcasts in various languages such as French, Bambara, Songhaï, Tamashek and Peulh. Its programmes are directed toward development, stability and peace in the region of northern Mali and the Sahel. Read more here.
The Syrian Observer
Mawaleh is Syria´s first gay magazine.“[It tries] to bring gay people together and earn their trust, to be able to highlight the increased risks that may confront them, especially in a war environment where there are violations against everyone’s rights, not only homosexuals,” Mahmoud Hassino, the editor-in-chief said. This piece on the Syrian Observer contains more info on homosexuality in Syria and the role of the internet especially for young gay men who are more liable to be persecuted than lesbian women, according to the article.
Read it all here.
Here´s a follow-up to #hijabuppropet, the “Hijab outcry” in Sweden. Al Arabiya puts the campaign into context and also mentions critiques of the campaign: “The Swedish politicians wearing the hijab this week rarely displayed the same support for those fighting for the right not to wear it, sometimes risking their lives in doing so,” one critic sais. “We’re not trying to belittle people’s experience of having been forced to wear the veil…we’re basing this on veiled women who wear it out of choice,” a defender responds.