zaterdag 5 februari 2011

Egyptian bloggers


Egypt has the largest and most active blogosphere in the Arab world, and their work is done at great personal risk, facing arrest, prison, torture -- and even death, in some cases, says British photojournalist Anastasia Taylor-Lind, who is based in the Middle East. In this photo, the 'godfather' of Egyptian bloggers Wael Abbas, right, with fellow activists Kareem El Behiry, center, and Ahmed El Sayad, left, at Al Borsah Cafe in downtown Cairo, Egypt in 2010. Many bloggers are the children of Cairo’s intellectuals, radicals and activists and they gather late into the night in the shabby downtown street cafes their parents inhabited in the 1960s and 70s." (Anastasia Taylor-Lind / VII Mentor)Bridget Johnson (The Hill):

The growing unrest in Egypt is best being captured by the bloggers on the ground in Tahrir Square and other locations throughout the cradle of civilization. Here are some of the key bloggers to follow on Twitter:
Wael Abbas, a blogger and grassroots journalist renowned for exposing Mubarak-regime abuses. He's taking photos and posting video on his blog, as well, which he's linking to from Twitter. Recent tweet:

From field hospital: The doctor here confirms that 3 atleast are dead

Sandmonkey is an Egyptian who blogs as "an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey." He's posting frequent tweets and retweeting other protesters. Recent tweet:

The purpose behind today's clashes : "The Army is calling on protesters to go and stay home for Egypt's security." #jan25

Hossam Eid has been tweeting chilling updates from the violence Wednesday, when pro-Mubarak demonstrators rode into Tahrir Square on horseback and camels to clash with democracy demonstrators. Recent tweet:

I have twenty five stitches in my head and and I can't see with my left eye, but yet am going back to tahrir tomorrow

Ali Seif is also giving a dramatic play-by-play in the midst of the protests. Recent tweet:

Other than bruises, unable to stand, starved, and panic, were all fine. Feeling betrayed, all of us are. Massacre in square, please watch em

Egyptian blogger Nora Younis was in Tunisia for the protests there before coming home in time for the Jan. 25 protests to begin. Recent tweet:

Mubarak saving face & responding 2 US pressure 2 avoid vacuum. After steppin down Suleiman'll make concessions as much ppl pressure #jan25

Follow related posts on the unfolding crisis with the hashtag #jan25

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