Egypt Protests: Social media help needed as Al-Jazeera office closed

We’ve been bringing you the news from Egypt about the growing protests and the social media aspects of this, such as first Twitter being blocked and then the whole Internet being blocked where we asked if this was now a human rights issue.

Yesterday we also told of a YouTube video with a message from an 8-year-old girl to Egypt’s President Mubarek and in the same article spoke of the fact that some people were finding ways around the Internet ban and also told how Twitter has issued a statement ‘The Tweets Must Flow.’ Now we have further news today on the growing crisis and how social media help is needed, according to an Associated Press report.

It appears that 6 journalists working for broadcaster Al-Jazeera have been detained in custody after Egyptian authorities closed Al-Jazeera’s Cairo office. Al-Jazeera reports that the broadcasters involved were working on its English-language channel and the move to close the office follows Egyptian authorities alleging that Al-Jazeera’s coverage of the protests was biased and could aggravate the situation.

Social media help is being sought by Al-Jazeera who claim this is an attempt to silence open reporting. The network is appealing to the Egyptian people to continue to inform about what’s going on in their country by using blog posts, videos and telling eyewitness accounts. The only way that Al-Jazeera presently has for reporting in Egypt is with phone reports and fixed cameras.

If you want to see the very latest on what’s happening in Egypt right now then head to BBC News here or you can also see live updates here. What are your thoughts on social media and the crisis in Egypt? We feel that the appeal from Al-Jazeera for social media help is likely to meet widespread support, but let us know what you think with your comments.

  • john timbrell

    As a white Englishman I have been ashamed to be human one minute and immensley proud the next. Ashamed by the brutality of the regime and proud of the conduct of the protesters. From a distance I think it would be of benefit for the Nobel Prize Gentleman to be looked after in a warm good quality tent where he could stay round the clock and be supported by crowds working in shifts so that the authoritties would be deterred from attacking them. Also , if they are attacked I suggest that they all sit down or adopt the prayer position. Easy for me to say I know. My heart goes out to you all. Sincerely John Timbrell.

  • Tulsi N P

    Yes it was heartening to see that the protestors, except a few were adopetd a non-violent approach to protest angaist the hegemony of the Mubarak regime. But today things were turned round as instigators and pro-govhugs and goons were let on by the police and army (the government ) to attack the demonstrators on thesquare and streets of Cairo. This is a usual tactic to scare and disperse the protestors, but hail you the egyptian people, the world hs been keeping an eye on youll and in particular the Arab world. You have taken cue from the jasmine revolution, now you have to take the torch to all parts of middle east. May the revolution begin. May peoples power be supreme.