Catch and Release: Evaluating the Free Kareem Campaign
Arab Media & Society, Issue 12, Winter 2010
3 Pages Posted: 24 Jun 2013
Date Written: November 10, 2010
The case of Kareem Amer, the first Egyptian blogger to be prosecuted for the content of his writings, suggests that although cyber-activists and rights organizations are capable of sustained campaigns in defense of freedom of expression, some governments, at least, are almost impervious to the pressure, even at the cost of significant damage to their international image. This paper analyzes the international campaign for his release, its deployment of cyber-activist techniques, and the impact this had on news media and global policy-making. The case of Kareem Amer prompts the question of whether virtual contentious politics, which occur in the virtual reality of cyberspace and digitally networked signals, have a concrete reality, or whether they are merely simulations in which the difference between the image and the reality is no longer important.
Keywords: Arab blogs, blogging, cyberactivism, Arab media, cyber activism, campaigning, freedom of expression
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