It was an action-packed day for Jordanian artist Mohammad Alqaq, who led an army of Arab bloggers at the Fourth Arab Bloggers Meeting, taking place in Amman, Jordan, until Thursday [January 23, 2014].
“I enjoyed every minute of it,” said Alqaq.
“My role at AB14 is to be the butterfly of the event. That means I try to make everyone as comfortable as I can; keep time; keep the group motivated and spread the positive energy. I try to make them move through group activities, which keep them energised.”
It was a bitter sweet reunion for Arab bloggers and activists at the Fourth Arab Bloggers Meeting, which kicked off in Amman, Jordan, this morning.
The four-day gathering, bringing around 80 bloggers, activists and academics from across the region and beyond, includes a three-day retreat for Arab bloggers, which culminates with a public meeting on Thursday.
Missing from the meeting were prominent bloggers Egyptian Alaa Abdel Fattah and Syrian Bassel Al Safadi, both in jail in their countries.
Palestinan Abir Kopty tallies up those missing:
#ab14@freebassel & @alaa in jail, 2 Iraqi bloggers didn't get visa, a Syrian blogger was denied entry 2 Jordan. U r missed here guys!