Each week we recap the posts we have had on social media. This is September 2-8!
Political satire is fairly new to Libya, where the film industry bears the consequences of decades-long underfunding and state censorship.
“Phobia”, a privately funded television series, shows the difficulties of fitting in and the suspicions surrounding all things reminiscent of the former regime. Read more here.
Destination Lebanon is a mapping project by Executive Magazine. Around half a million registered Syrian refugees have fled to Lebanon after the uprising began in 2011. The map gives information on the different refugee communities as well as where Syrians have settled at different times of arrival. Read the article here.
“In general, it’s pretty tough if you have a new idea and want to present it to the society around you. They wouldn’t digest that immediately, so you have to take the toll and wait and suffer until they get the idea,” says Amr Attamimi about being a photographer in Yemen. See some of his and of photographer Amira al-Sharif’s work here.
“On Wednesday, August 21 canisters of gas opened in several suburbs of the Syrian capital Damascus and within a short time approximately a thousand people were dead. That is the only indisputable fact we know.” The attack left many questions open but maybe you´ll find some answers here. William Polk “put together the scraps of information reported in the media on the horrible attack.” The result of this is a detailed analysis in the form of 13 questions and answers on the incident, the situation in #Syria and its relation to the USA and the United Nations. Read it here.
Human Rights Watch
A camera man in Tunisia got arrested after filming someone hitting Tunisian Culture Minister Mehdi Mabrouk in the face with an egg. Human Rights Watch MENA director Joe Stork states: “His prosecution is a bad precedent for media freedom in Tunisia” Read the full statement and more details on the controversial case.
On August 26, Saudi Arabia´s cabinet passed a law against domestic violence and sexual abuse at the workplace. “The implementation of the law is quite obviously hamstrung by the fact that the ability to report incidents of domestic or sexual abuse is severely limited,” Nesrine Malik writes for The Guardian. Acknowledging that “[i]t is challenging to report abuse for similar reasons anywhere in the world,” she states: “Perhaps we shouldn’t fixate on the immediate practical implications of this new law. The hope should be that it will begin to change attitudes.” Read the full opinion piece here.