Monthly Archives: June 2012

occupational hazards of reporters for state-run media

It’s not easy being a reporter on the ground these days in the Arab world. Camelman shared with me some YouTube video posts of two recent examples of reporters from state-controlled media whose fingers on the pulse from the street were just a little bit off.

This first video shows a reporter from Nile News who was not quite on the button when it came to reporting on how the Egyptian people on the street around him felt about the verdict handed down to Hosni Mubarak earlier this week. When the reporter started to say that the majority of the people were satisfied with the verdict (around 0:27), that’s when he got that tap on the shoulder. He then tried to calm them down by saying that the majority wants the death penalty, but it was useless by then. The crowd can then be heard chanting “liars in the media!” and “the verdict is void!” as the camera pans out and he becomes lost in the crowd.

Not very clever of him, I must say. This is a nice example of why it’s so important for journalists to check their facts!

In this next video, you need only watch the first few seconds. You will see a hapless Syrian reporter who got smacked with a shoe by a passing man as he shouted something about the Syrian media, followed by “damn your father, you dog!”


The state-run media business is not like it used to be!

… So malls in Saudi certainly seem the “place to be” these days, especially given the hot summer temperatures and the recent easing of restrictions of who may enter and when. They also may become the venue of choice for public demonstrations against the authorities, as exemplified by a recent protest at the Sahara Mall in Riyadh, which was documented on YouTube, Twitter, and blog posts (as I reblogged above). This follows on the heels of the protests earlier in the spring by university students as well as other isolated incidents. Who knows … will this turn out to be an especially long, hot summer for the Saudi authorities?

Saudi Jeans

Relatives of political detainees held a small protest in Riyadh Wednesday night, photos and videos posted to social media sites showed. The protest took place inside Sahara Mall in the northern part of the Saudi capital. The videos below show men marching inside the mall as they chant a hadeeth by the Prophet that says “release the distressed.”

The account @e3teqal on Twitter, which identifies itself as a coordinator for the activities of illegal detention victims in Saudi Arabia, posted a number of photos purporting to show the protest:

UPDATE 6/7/2012 1:10: Mohammad al-Abdulaziz said on Twitter that his brother and his family (wife and three children) have been arrested. It is said that more people have been arrested.

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