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Latest update : 2014-06-25

Campaign to free journalists detained in Egypt

In this edition: online campaigning for three journalists detained in Egypt; Brazilian activists denounce police brutality; and a front seat roller coaster ride.

CAMPAIGN TO FREE JOURNALISTS DETAINED IN EGYPT

Appalling, shameful, outrageous… news professionals from all over the world have been commenting online after three journalists for Qatari broadcaster Al Jazeera were jailed for seven years each by an Egyptian judge on Monday. The sentences have sparked an outcry on social media where web users are busy campaigning for the journalists’ release. 

They are lobbying the Egyptian authorities, urging them to take all the necessary steps to revoke the sentences, under the #FreeAJStaff hashtag. Journalists from across the globe have joined the campaign for the jailed journalists, as have a number of NGOS including Amnesty International, to show their support for the news professionals being held in Egypt. 

Ordinary citizens the world over have also joined the campaign for the three journalists. They are slamming the Egyptian court ruling, with many saying journalism is not a crime. 

Web users are not just criticizing the Egyptian authorities; they are also calling on foreign policy makers to do everything in their power to secure the journalists` release. The people who posted these messages to Twitter for example are urging Washington to halt financial aid to Cairo until the three men are released.

ONLINE CAMPAIGN AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY IN BRAZIL

Handcuffs, headlocks, pepper spray … they all feature in the “Kamasurra” positions; Kama as in the famous ancient Indian Hindu text and Surra which translates from Portuguese as “beating”. These satirical illustrations denounce the police brutality during protests in Brazil. 

The activists behind this initiative hope people will download the pictures and print them out. They have even shared guidelines on how to make glue to stick the drawing up in the streets. And as these shots from a number of Brazilian cities would suggest, the campaign is gaining ground … 

Numerous NGOS have voiced concern over the police brutality depicted in these illustrations. Amnesty International for example has issued a statement saying there had been a strong increase in police violence in the run up to the World Cup, resulting in increasingly frequent and violent clashes between police and demonstrators.

Other activist groups in Brazil have also used provocation to denounce injustice in the country. This artist collective for example is sharing photomontages and other hard hitting illustrations on Facebook, condemning the police violence and comparing the colossal sums of money invested in hosting the World Cup to the extreme poverty in the favelas… 

NOW TRENDING ON SOCIAL NETWORKS

Hundreds of web users from all over the world had been posting under #SaveMeriam hashtag welcoming the news that a Sudanese court had released 27 year old Meriam Ibrahim who was sentenced to death last month because she had converted to Christianity. But the joy was short-lived because Meriam Ibrahim was re-arrested, with her family, at Khartoum airport on Tuesday. Sadly it seems this story is far from over…

FAIL OF THE DAY

Microsoft has been airing a commercial for its Xbox One games console on US TV screens since the beginning of June. It features actor Aaron Paul using voice commands to turn it on. The only problem is that when he says “Xbox One on” he triggers the voice recognition features on consoles around the country so people watching the ad at home are seeing their Xboxes switched on … many have taken to social networks to comment on and make fun of the hitch, hoping it will soon be fixed.

"LITTLE PEOPLE", A TINY STREET ART PROJECT

British based artist Slinkachu used miniature figures and everyday objects to create tiny and unusual scenarios in public places. The artist then photographs them and abandons them to be discovered by, no-doubt, bemused passersby. The collection is called “Little People” and is available to view on the artist`s blog… 

VIDEO OF THE DAY

This adrenaline packed video released by the Six Flags Great America amusement park in Gurnee, Illinois, puts web users in the front seat on its new ride: the Goliath …. The wooden structure roller coaster takes riders on a 55 meters drop at around 110km/h, and will no doubt prove to be a big hit with thrill seekers everywhere …

By Electron Libre

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