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Indonesian election mobilises Web users

Video by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2009-07-08

In this edition of Web News: Indonesia's presidential election; the arrest in Iran of Clotilde Reiss, a French teacher accused of espionage; and an online version of the world's oldest Bible.

Indonesia's presidential election

Indonesians go to the polls Wednesday to elect their president, a vote which has mobilised Net users over recent weeks.

Three candidates in the running turned to the Web and the social networks as part of their campaigns.

The site of the incumbent, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
, focused on the community aspect by offering his supporters the chance to comment upon his programme or to leave a message of encouragement.

Megawati Sukarnoputri and her running mate, Prabowo Subianto, a former president, opted for a multimedia approach, with a radio station as well as several videos on their website.

A Net user created this video to call upon his fellow citizens to take five minutes to seriously consider their choice, noting that the vote would have consequences for the next five years.

Several politically active bands whose music is mainly broadcast online attempted to encourage young people to understand the importance of politics and the election. Ras Muhamad, a reggae singer, urged his fans to "leave indifference behind and take destiny in hand".

French woman detained in Iran

The announcement of the arrest and detention in Iran of Clotilde Reiss, a young French woman accused of spying, has caused large-scale reaction in the blogosphere, and support quickly grew on the Web.

Many Facebook users reacted immediately and created support groups. Twitter users sent messages calling for the 23-year-old’s immediate release from Evine prison in Teheran.

Others, like this French man, call for protests to take place in front of the Iranian Embassy in Paris to denounce what he describes as hostage-taking.

Evine prison, where Reiss is held, is thought to hold many political prisoners. As shown by these videos, dozens of Iranian mothers protested on Sunday in front of the prison to demand the release of opponents arrested in recent weeks.

Codex Sinaiticus

The 800 pages pages of the world's oldest Bible, the Codex Sinaiticus, have been digitalised in high definition and are now available for consultation online. The project, headed by four institutions which were each housing fragments of the 1,600-year-old manuscript, will allow specialists — or anyone with a Web browser — from around the world to access the text. Each page is accompanied by a Greek transcription, the language in which the manuscript was written. English, German and Russian translations are available for some parts.

French coasts

Photograph all of the 5,500 kilometres of France's coastline: this was the audacious project hatched by Pascal Le Fichant, a pilot and photographer. His 50 hours in the sky and 15,000 photographs are on his Web site, a geographic and touristic slide show of the entire French coastline.

Video of the day

For the 50th anniversary of its flagship model, the Pen, the Japanese camera manufacturer Olympus has created an animated video with 10,000 photos retracing 50 years of a man’s life.

Date created : 2009-07-08