Social media recap: 24 February – 2 March!

Each week we recap the posts we have had on social media. This is 24 February – 2 March.

A morning in Yarmouk.After months of siege and isolation, humanitarian aid has finally reached war-torn Yarmouk, a Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus, Syria. These photos were released by UNRWA, the UN’s agency for Palestinian refugees. View them here.

Al Jazeera Inside Story : Media freedom and public perception
“Journalism is not a crime“ is the motto in support of the imprisoned Al Jazeera staff members and the dangers journalists in general face in general for doing their job. But what is the public perception of media freedom and journalism? “Journalism is a public good because one of the roles of journalism is exactly to hold the government to account,” says Ernest Sagaga of the Human Rights & Communication Office for the International Federation of Journalists. The video shows critical views on journalists by the public, followed by a comment of author and journalist Tom Fenton who emphasizes the importance of engagement of journalists with the public. Also, check out #FreeAJStaff again here and on twitter to follow-up on yesterday´s global day of action for media freedom.

ComDev | Open Lecture
On Tuesday, 25 February there was an open lecture on “Resistance Technologies and Civic Engagement” livestreamed from Malmö University, Sweden. The lecture discussed the use of livestreaming tools for social change and among the speakers were Saleh Mohamed from Ana Mubasher أنا مباشر and menac’s Rebecca Bengtsson. Watch the video on-demand below and follow the conversation on Twitter #comdev_live

Libya Herald
Maltese Minister of Home Affairs Manuel Mallia put forward the idea of an EU office in #Libya to process #asylum applications. The arguments for this are that it “could help stem the flow of illegal immigrants who make the dangerous journey to Europe in unsafe vessels.” “If migrants could apply for European asylum in Libya and find out if they would be accepted, fewer would have to pay criminal gangs to help them attempt to cross the Mediterranean,” he said, according to the Libya Herald. What do you think of this idea? Do you think it could reduce the number of illegal migrants and, as he implies, even save lives? Read the article here.


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