The value of social media is gaining with every Tweet, Facebook update, YouTube video and blog post both from and about the escalating situation in Iran.
With the heavy-handed Iranian government cracking down on foreign journalists as protests grew over a questionable election in that country, social media and its varied weapons have helped keep up the good fight marching forward.
Updates via Twitter breaking news as it happens. Blog posts collecting various news threads about Iran have become invaluable. YouTube videos have been gripping and have driven home the plight of the protesters, labelled as “anarchists” by the government.
If you have not been paying no mind, what in the world are you waiting for? There are peaceful protesters, just citizens trying to express their personal freedoms and rights, being beaten down, crushed and killed in Iran. Thanks to social media and the will of those reporting, the news is there for you to engage in.
Screw when your garbage will get picked up in Toronto. The union is fighting to keep sweetheart clauses while 350,000 Canadians have lost their jobs since last October. I laughed when I saw the union pickets considering what true protest and fighting is unfolding in Iran.
This movement in Iran is now not so much about the results of the corrupt elections and having them overturned. The fight and movement is about the basic principle of free speech and expression, the least we can do is listen to these voices, straining, crying and proudly sounding off on the ground in the Iran and streamed right to the computer in front of you.
On Monday, June 29, a Bloggers Unite event will explore the crisis further, provide updates and most importantly, be the conduit for those voices fighting for a fundamental right of freedom of expression.
The following two videos from among the hundreds that have come out of Iran. They are gripping for varied reasons. Be warned, the first video captures the death of peaceful protester Neda Agha Soltan who was born in 1982 and died after being shot by a sniper, as she reportedly stood beside her father, as they watched protests. This video is graphic. On Deadline chooses to run this video of Soltan’s cruel death because she is becoming the symbol for the fight in Iran and drives home that what is happening there is real and not just a bunch of images without context.
People are dying there for the simple right and freedom you are enjoying right now.
The Death of an Iranian Protester
Poem for the Rooftops of Iran