Are you a resident in MENA and passionate about social innovation and new media? Would you like to consolidate your knowledge and meet other like-minded people? Then you have more two weeks to apply for SIDC, a programme carried by Lund university. Read more about the programme here.
Watch this short film about experience of four Lebanese ex-fighters who now joined their forces to promote peace and coexistence. The film is a campaign documentary produced by British Council under the Active Citizens project national initiative to promote peace and community cohesion.
The film raises awareness about the risks of slipping into the civil war again and the danger of using armed conflict and violence as a solution. The film brilliantly depicts the experience of 4 ex-fighters from different religions and parties of the 1975-1990 civil war era where they describe their “dreadful” moments using a common letter addressed to the Lebanese to become fighters of peace. Documentary is directed by Rebecca Lloyd-Evans and Zeina Aboul-Hosn.
Read this month´s Digital Citizen 1.5 by Global Voices Online about the situation of several bloggers in Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, and Yemen; concerns about “anti-terrorism” laws in Kuwait, Morocco, and again Tunsia and Egypt; troubling cybercrime laws in Qatar and Saudi Arabia; and freedom of speech in Mauritania where a journalist may face death penalty over an article he published in December and in the United Arab Emirates where six Emiratis were arrested for their comments on twitter. Read more here.
In Tripoli, citizens are self-administering public order in the post-Gaddafi era. As part of this, some of them have set up newspapers in order to educate the youth in the country. “We want Libyan teenagers to read newspapers; after all, we need a culture of reading in our country,” says one of them. According to this piece on Qantara, “this task, which is difficult everywhere else in the world, seems almost impossible in Libya. During the Gaddafi era, reading the boring state-controlled newspapers was simply a waste of time. As a result, hardly anyone reads newspapers anymore.” There are more difficulties such as the lack of journalists and funding. Many editors even fund these papers from their own savings. Read more here.