Social media recap: January 27 – February 2!

Each week we recap the posts we have had on social media. This is January 27 – February 2.

Al Jazeera English
Amid joy and celebrations, Tunisia has passed a new constitution and appointed a new government. “With Tunisia’s democratic constitution being born, the Arab Spring gets a timely and a badly-needed booster shot,” writes Larbi Sadiki, a specialist in transitions and democratization in the Arab world. In his opinion piece for Al Jazeera, Sadiki argues that what happens in Tunisia matters for Egypt, as both countries have been experiencing a reciprocal transfer of “revolutionary know-how”. Yet what is significant about Tunisia’s transition, and what distinguishes it from the Egyptian one, seems to be the “triumph of bargain politics”. Read the full text here.

Freedom Bus
Ashraf Sharkawy traveled from Germany to Iran, his father´s land, and launched the democratization campaign Freedom Bus. Film maker Fatima Geza Abdollahyan accompanied him on his journey to and through Iran. Her views on the relationship between documentary and journalism: “I believe that documentaries can only arouse sympathy; they are not an extended form of journalism. After all, journalism deals only with facts. So if I manage to open up a space where I can have my own personal experience, and if I manage to move the viewer emotionally, then they will want to seek out the facts for themselves,” she says in an article in Qantara.de. Watch the trailer below.

Mada Masr
A follow-up to the situation for journalists in #Egypt: Sharif Abdel Kouddous is talking about a “war on journalists” after twenty Al Jazeera journalists have been accused of “altering their video footage” and “using software to modify” it. “The nature of the charges would be comical if they weren’t so serious,” he writes in his opinion piece. “The journalists accused in the case are being treated as terrorists – that is to say, inhumanely,” he continues and further claims that “Egypt has become one of the most dangerous places on earth to be a journalist.” Read more here.

Aazer | Indigogo
Aazer, an organisation currently working in the Atmeh refugee camp just meters away from the Turkish-Syrian border, has started an Indigogo to raise money for basic medical supplies. Over 25,000 refugees, 15,000 of them children, live in squalor as a result of the humanitarian crisis produced by the ongoing conflict in Syria. They are in urgent need of basics supplies such as cough syrup, fever medicine, and stomach medications. The goal is set for 12,000 USD and the campaign closes in 37 hours. Read more about the organisation here and support them by clicking here.

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