Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

AFRICA NEWS

South Sudan : Rebel Riek Machar slams president Salva Kiir

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

South Africa : Apartheid killer De Kock denied parole

Read more

FOCUS

Bastille Day: youth pays hommage to ancestors who fought 'Great War' (1914 - 1918)

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

Nigel Farage, Leader of the UK Independence Party

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

Endocrine disruptors: Is the EU doing enough to protect its citizens' health?

Read more

WEB NEWS

Israelis taking bomb shelter selfies

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Pavlo Klimkin, Ukrainian Foreign Minister

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Raed Fahmi, former Iraqi Minister of Science and Technology

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Germany's World Cup title

Read more

News seen on the web and about the web. From Monday to Friday at 8.20 am Paris time.

WEB NEWS

WEB NEWS

Latest update : 2012-11-26

Two Tunisian graffiti artists to face trial

Two street artists from Tunisia are awaiting trial. An American woman is fired over a photo she posted to Facebook. And the Red Cross launches a website to help reunite families with loved ones.

Two Tunisian graffiti artists to face trial

"Graffiti is not a crime" - this campaign was launched by Tunisian web users in support of Oussama Bouagila and Chahine Berriche, the two students arrested on November 3 as they were drawing graffiti in Gabès in south eastern Tunisia.

They were stopped for, amongst other things, causing a public disturbance; they have been released, pending their trial, scheduled for December 5. In this video posted to independent collective blog Nawaat, Oussama says that at the moment they were caught be police they were writing a message on a wall which read “the people want rights for the poor”.

Both men belong to "Zwewla" a group of street artists that paints messages bearing social demands on walls, with tags confronting problems including unemployment and poverty.

The blog Tawa Fi Tunis from the website Slate Afrique, explains that this network of artists brings together young people who feel discriminated or marginalized and think that around two years on from the uprising against the Ben Ali regime, nothing has changed for the most vulnerable sectors of the population.

Many Tunisians feel the charges made against the Gabès graffiti artists represent an infringement on their freedom of expression. Female blogger Lina Ben Mehnni for example recently took part in a support rally for the two artists, staged in Carthage. 

USA: woman fired over "disrespectful" Facebook photo

Posting a photo on social networks can have serious consequences. This is something Lindsay Stone has learnt, the 30 year old American woman was fired from her job last week after posting this shot to her Facebook page. We see her making a rude gesture and pretending to scream next to a sign in the Arlington military cemetery in Virginia; a sign asking for “silence and respect”. She thought it was funny, but it has had quite the opposite reaction.

The photo soon went viral, sparking widespread outrage across the country. It has shocked many who feel Stone’s photo is disrespectful to soldiers who died on the front line. Angry netizens soon took to the web to make her pay for her offensive photo, posting messages to Facebook, or starting e-petitions like this one, urging her employer to fire her.

Lindsay Stone was taken aback by the backlash and tried to defend herself via the web, saying she did not want to upset anyone, and the photo was just meant to be a bit of fun. But the charitable organization for which she worked didn’t see it that way and decided to end her employment last Friday, making it clear that in no way did the photo represent the opinions or values of the organization. 

New Red Cross website for families scattered by crises

The International Committee of the Red Cross has set up a website to help reunite families ripped apart by conflicts and natural disasters around the world. The online platform hopes to help families in their search for missing loved ones, and relies on a vast network of volunteers already on the ground. The system has already proved its worth, particularly so after the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan back in March 2011. 

A guide to legal marijuana use in Seattle

Voters from the North-western US State of Washington recently legalized the recreational use of marijuana. And so from the 6th of December, over 21s will be able to legally carry around one ounce, that’s 28 grams of marijuana. The Seattle police has posted a practical guide online to help smokers understand what this change in legislation will mean to them, an initiative that is already proving popular, and the light hearted tone employed by law enforcement officials has gone done particularly well with web users.

Video of the day

Discover the wonderful landscapes and hidden beauties of Alaska … filmed in July, this video, entitled “Uncharted Waters” was put together by Devin Supertramp. A beautiful piece of work that will no doubt make many web users want to go and see this northwestern extremity of the North American continent for themselves.

By Electron Libre

Comments

COMMENT(S)

 
 
Archives

2014-07-13 Philippines

Israelis taking bomb shelter selfies

In this edition: Israelis taking bomb shelter selfies; web users in the Philippines speak up for an unwed mum; and a young woman`s selfie montage shows struggles with hair...

Read more

2014-07-12 Philippines

Trash collection goes high tech

A recent comparative study carried out by a British university showed the household waste recycling rates in the UK and France are lower than the European average ; 62 %....

Read more

2014-07-11 Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Web users react to escalating violence in Gaza

In this edition: web users react to the escalating violence in Gaza; an anti-hunger campaign draws heavy criticism; and an NGO using LEGO to raise environmental awareness.

Read more

2014-07-10 2014 FIFA World Cup

World Cup 2014: Germany-Brazil inspires the Web

In this edition: online reactions to Brazil`s World Cup semi-final defeat; soup kitchens facing closure in Malaysia; and a whirlwind trip around Barcelona …

Read more

2014-07-08 Italy

ISIS leader challenged over expensive-looking wristwatch

In this edition: the leader of ISIS is challenged over an expensive-looking wristwatch; Italian web users denounce the lack of disability access on public transport; and an...

Read more