Posted by Sarah Andrews
We’ve all heard about the conflicts in Egypt. If you haven’t, kindly wake up and realize that there is a full-blown revolution going on.
Protests in the streets have resulted in the government cracking down and taking internet and cell phone communication away from the people. In a country of over 80 million, that is something even the most autocratic countries don’t typically do. Many of the protestors were communicating using Twitter and other social media outlets, most of which were blocked. But according to the BBC, Egyptians have continued to avoid the government’s ban by accessing these sites with the numerical address instead of the sites’ English names or through third-party updating programs.
Along with loopholes on the web, Egyptians have turned to older methods of communication. Fax machines and dial-up seem ancient, but they still function just like they used to. It’s harder for the government to regulate “older communication” and activist groups like Anonymous have used it to their advantage.
Journalists reporting on the situation have also faced their fair share of setbacks. Reports have surfaced of Al-Jazeera English journalists being arrested for covering the conflict. News-gathering equipment has been taken or destroyed, leaving reporters without footage. Despite painstaking efforts of President Mubarak, footage of the uprising in his country has penetrated the mass-media all over the globe. The pictures of this week-long rebellion are some of the most moving images I’ve ever seen. For me, the photos have put a face to this revolution.