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Latest update : 2014-06-01

Online campaign to free american citizen jailed in Egypt

In this edition: the online campaign to free an American citizen jailed in Egypt; calls for justice after a Pakistani woman is stoned to death; and a dog goes wing suit flying with its owner.

ONLINE CAMPAIGN TO FREE AMERICAN CITIZEN JAILED IN EGYPT

Hundreds of social networkers have been posting under the #FreeSoltan hashtag, calling for the immediate release of American-Egyptian Mohamed Soltan, who has dual nationality, and was arrested when he was in Egypt back in August 2013. His crime: taking part in a peaceful protest supporting ousted president Mohammed Morsi. The online campaigning has intensified following the recent release of a video in which he appeals for help from his cell; he has been on hunger strike since January of this year.

The clip, which was posted to the Free Soltan Facebook page this week, was recorded at the beginning of the year but not released by his loved ones until now. … 

Alarming words … he also appeals to the American authorities for help. The message has since been widely relayed on social networks, where many have voiced their solidarity with the young prisoner. 

Mohamed Soltan`s supporters have also started an online petition, signed by over 7,700 people, calling on Washington to exert pressure on the Egyptian authorities and secure his release. In addition to the numerous online initiatives, activists have also taken to the streets. As we can see here, a number of rallies have been staged in the US over the past few weeks, with demonstrators’ calling for Mohamed Soltan to be released at the earliest possible opportunity.

CALLS FOR JUSTICE FOR PAKISTANI WOMAN STONED TO DEATH

Pakistani woman Farzana Parveen was stoned to death in Lahore on Tuesday, in public, by family members. Her father has justified their actions with "I killed my daughter as she had insulted all of our family by marrying a man without our consent, and I have no regret over it". The so called “honour killing” has sparked strong reactions on social media. 

Many have taken to Twitter posting under the #Farzana and #FarzanaParveen hashtags condemning what they describe as a barbaric, brutal and heinous crime. She was 25 years old and three months pregnant. Web users are appalled that her own family could do this to her and say they should be given exemplary punishment. 

Sadly this is not an isolated case. As the NGO “Aurat” reports, every year in Pakistan close to a thousand women and teenage girls face the fate… and it seems the numbers are constantly rising. The practice is widely condemned by the international community, but it appears this is not the case in Pakistan itself. A study conducted back in 2009, found that 83 % of Pakistanis questioned said they agree with stoning as punishment for adultery or bringing dishonor to the family. 

And yet a growing number are now taking to the web to denounce this practice. They criticize the authorities for not doing enough to stop it happening and demand justice for every woman who has ever been subjected to stoning in Pakistan. 

NOW TRENDING ON SOCIAL NETWORKS

Thousands of American web users have been posting under the #NotOneMore hashtag, urging the US authorities to implement tougher legislation on the sale of firearms. The phrase was inspired by a speech delivered by Richard Martinez at a memorial ceremony for his son Christopher who was killed in last week`s shooting in Isla Vista. During his address the father spoke out against the government, saying lawmakers were doing nothing to curb gun violence and prevent these mass murders. 

FAIL OF THE DAY

"We have your phone and we dare you to find us"; two dimwitted thieves sent this message along with a selfie to all the contacts in the teenager`s mobile phone they had just stolen on the streets of New York City … they used an app that allows users to send photos that disappear after a few seconds, but one of the contacts took a screen shot of the photo and forward to the boys mum, who contacted the police. The pic was then sent to the media and posted online, and of course the culprits were tracked down and arrested. They will soon be appearing in court.

FAMOUS PAINTINGS GET THE PHOTOSHOP TREATMENT

What would the women in the some of the most famous masterpieces look like if they were given the Photoshop treatment? Artist Lauren Wade decided to find out. The collection is available to view on the site Takepart.com and aims to encourage debate about today`s notions of beauty. 

VIDEO OF THE DAY

Dean Potter loves to go wing suit flying, and he wanted to share his passion with his dog Whisper. So he wrapped his four legged friend up safely in a backpack and off they went. You can check out the incredible scenes in this video available on Vimeo.

By Electron Libre

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