“Facebook and YouTube Fuel the Egyptian Protests”

In this article, the writer talks about a case where an Egyptian citizen was subject to police brutality. The 28-year-old businessman, Khaled Said, was beaten to death by policemen because he had evidence of corruption taking place within the police force. He was dragged from an internet cafe, and killed in the lobby of a residential building.

Photos of his beaten body from the morgue circulated, and a Facebook page entitled “We Are All Khaled Said” containing these disturbing photos came about, and it picked up a decent-sized following. This page was one of the main causes of the uprising in Tunisia, as its outreach through the internet far superseded the killing’s original region of impact.

Through social media sites like Facebook and YouTube, people can expose injustices, and keep more citizens informed as to what is truly going on. Social media sources act as a bridge between human rights advocates and the general public, aiding in social progress in regions that need assistance in many nations throughout the world. The power of images and videos are imperative to help encourage reform. The connection through imagery is forced, and it’s much easier to push for justifying the wrongdoings taking place in government.


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