One of the hallmarks of the protests in Tunisia is how much of it is being documented on the Internet. Each day, FRANCE 24 receives hundreds of messages via email and Facebook from readers who want to share their story.
In a country where between 10-20 percent of the population has a Facebook account, the Tunisian government’s initial efforts to control the narrative in this conflict was seemingly bound to fail. The official line was soon overwhelmed by the hundreds of thousands of emails, posts, Tweets and videos distributed across the Internet. Many of Tunisia’s more sophisticated Internet users easily side-stepped the official censorship hurdles by using proxy servers to communicate with the outside world.
Date created : 2011-01-18