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مدونات باللغة العربية

Wasla opens new horizons to Middle Eastern bloggers

Today, I would like to introduce you “Wasla” a new initiative lunched by The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information. Wasla means to connect or link and this is precisely what this initiative is trying to do:  support, promote and united young and senior Arab writers and intellectuals that are seeking new ways to express their ideas and aspirations. However, what makes this project different from others in the Arab world is that they have conceptualized the blog idea to create not just a website but also a hard copy version that could be printed and distributed among a wider audience.

Wasla could be described as an experiment aiming to bring together the young and constantly evolving Arab bloggers that have developed their own way of communication through facebook, SMS, twitter and blogs as a means to protest against their lack of freedom and rights taking place in their own countries, with the older and maturer generation that despite their large experience and knowledge were unable to express freely their ideas and break through the strict government censorship that affects every publication or media show produced in Egypt and other regions of the Middle East.

The wide spread strike that took place in Egypt the 6th of April in 2006 was organized through this new means of communication and according to some participant it was very successful due to the usage of facebook, blogs and phone messages. This success led to the creators of Wasla to united and coordinate this blog which allows old and new Arab intellectual and activist to write about politics, society and art from a open and raw perspective without censorship and edition. For instance, in their first edition topics such as what it means to be a blogger in the Arab world, the social exclusion that suffer homosexual and lesbians in Egypt or the increasing presence in Egyptian politics of Muhammad Al Baradei (former director general of the IAEA) are some of the topics included the first issue. I encourage everyone that speaks Arabic to take a look to this brave and innovative project that tries to break the walls of state sponsored censorship and oppression in the Arab world.

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