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!
Mauritanian netizens are experiencing anger, sadness, and confusion, along with feelings of solidarity, after young Mauritanian blogger Mazid Weld ElSheikh, sent a letter to his father on Facebook in which he pledged to deactivate his Facebook account until his father forgave him for his recent activities on the social network. Earlier this month, a group of religious extremists accused ElSheikh of blasphemy, printed the blogger’s Facebook updates and showed them to his father. In response, his father demanded that ElSheikh shut down all of his social media accounts and stop writing. His mother pleaded with her son to leave his social media accounts. On her own Facebook account, she asked everyone to leave her son alone. متابعة قراءة “Yes, I will leave the online world”→
كانت أول مصافحة بين موريتانيا وشبكة الانترنت في عام 1997، وتمت في نطاق ضيق فقد كانت هناك شركة وحيدة تتصل بالشبكة هي “توب تكنولوجيز”، وظل تواجد الإنترنت ضعيفاً وعلى نطاق ضئيل، فمع بداية الألفية لم يكن عدد المستخدمين يزيد عن الألفين، حيث كان الوصول إلى الشبكة يقتصر على بعض المؤسسات وبعض المقاهي في وسط العاصمة.