On day one of the Arab Bloggers Meeting, participants threw themselves into workshops and discussions stemming from our central theme: civic expression and action online. Working in groups divided by interest — storytelling, digital security, data visualization, and Internet policy — we found that many of us are facing similar challenges in our work.
Many of us want to find new, innovative, compelling ways to tell stories. In the storytelling session, Syrian participants pointed to the mainstream coverage of violence in their country and raised the question: How do you find new ways to tell an old or familiar story? How do you work to keep the public actively engaged and interested in stories about a violent conflict over a long period of time? A common desire among participants was to develop strong methods for telling stories, presenting data, and making policy arguments in order to affect political or legal reforms.
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”→
تجتاح صفحات مواقع التواصل الاجتماعي الموريتانية حالة من الغضب والحزن والحيرة والتضامن، وذلك بعد أن قام الشاب مزيد ولد الشيخ بكتابة رسالة إلى أبيه على صفحته على فيسبوك يتحدث فيها عن نيته تعطيل حسابه حتى يرضى عنه والده. وذلك بعد أن قامت مجموعة من “المتدينين” بتكفيره وبطباعة مناشير كتبها على فيسبوك والذهاب بها إلى والده ليقوم والده بعد ذلك بمطالبته بترك كل شبكات التواصل الاجتماعي والكف عن الكتابة. وقامت والدته كذلك بالبكاء له من أجل أن يتركها ونادت، عبر صفحتها، الكل بأن يتركون إبنها وشأنه.