Social Media Recap 17 – 23 March

Each week we recap the posts we have had on social media. This is 17 – 23 March.

Al Akhbar English
“Article 75 of the Press Law prohibits publishing news that: “contradicts public ethics or is inimical to national or religious feelings or national unity.”” There is an urgent need to rewrite the media-related laws in Lebanon in order to provide for the freedom of expression. Many bloggers and journalists feel that the status quo is limiting their work and does not support investigative journalism at all. Are you from Lebanon and feel the same? Are you from another country where similar laws limit your basic rights? Read more here.

Heinrich Böll Foundation Middle East
“When Take Back Parliament (TBP) a political secular movement, was established in 2012 by a group of young Lebanese who want to abolish the sectarian and corrupted political system, the initiative was received very positively, because it finally offered an organized platform to the secular youth to express itself politically.” But what has happened with Take Back Parliament since that? And why did the “sprint turn into a marathon”? You can find answers to this question in this paper written by Mouna Maaroufi for Heinrich Böll Stiftung Middle East.

YouTube | Your Middle East
The “Happy”-wave hit the Arab world. This is one of the first Arab “Happy” videos from Bizerte, Tunisia. “You can try as hard as possible not to fall into the media’s trap which provides us every day with headlines about protests, clashes or economic problems in Arab countries … – the images of angry protesters, people suffering from poverty and corruption and the feeling of instability still bob up in many minds immediately,” Katharina Pfannkuch on Your Middle East states. According to her, the “Happy”-videos are one way for Arabs to show that there is another side, too. This piece is an overview of many more Arab “Happy” videos, uploaded from #Egypt, more parts of #Tunisia, #Lebanon, and #Jordan.

International Media Support
There is a new women´s magazine in Egypt, Masreiat, started by dedicated female journalists. The first issue covered the topic women´s participation in the referendum for the new constitution in January this year. The magazine will also focus on topics like women and religion. A publisher is still to be found. The first issue was distributed via NGOs in Egypt and was perceived well, according to editor-in-chief Nafisa El-Sabagh. “There is an audience out there and the many issues women deal with in society are still not covered in a serious manner. We can fill that space,” she says. Read more about Masreiat and download the first issue on International Media Support here.



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