Dossier: Arab Bloggers

Egyptian riot police look up as they watch Alaa, the son of ousted president Hosni Mubarak, seen on a large TV screen erected outside the Cairo criminal court, as he reaches out to cover the lens of a TV camera during his arrival for his trial along side his father and brother accused of corruption and murder on August 15, 2011 (photo: Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images)

Media in Egypt

Fall into Line or Switch Off

Just two years ago, the Arab Spring prompted many observers to talk about supposed Facebook revolutions. Looking at the state of the media today, and especially in Egypt, we can see a return to the old mechanisms of safeguarding authoritarian rule. By Carola RichterMore

Facebook graffito in Tunisia (photo: Imago)

New Media and Democratization in the Arab World

No Pedestal for Facebook and Twitter

Were the revolutions in the Arabic world started by social networks? Tunisian publicist Amel Grami is sceptical, and warns against the extremist potential of the new mediaMore

Campaign for the release of Syrian activist and software developer Bassel Khartabil (photo: ©

Internet Activists in Syria

Virtual (Counter-)Revolution

Online activists in Syria have been involved in the anti-Assad rebellion from the outset. And although the regime is now playing them at their own game, their online presence shows one thing above all else: That in this nation at war, civil resistance continues to exist. By Jannis HagmannMore

Asmaa Mahfouz, winner of the 2011 Sakharov Prize during the awarding ceremony (photo: EPA/Christophe Karaba)

Interview with the Egyptian Muslim activist Asmaa Mahfouz

''There is no war between Islam and America''

Asmaa Mahfouz is one of the founders of the April 6 Youth Movement. She has been credited with helping to spark mass uprising through her video blog posted one week before the start of the 2011 Egyptian revolution. In this interview with Nina zu Fürstenberg, she shares her concerns and hopes for the Arab SpringMore

Employee at the Al-Jazeera headquarters in Doha, Qatar (photo: AP)

Arab States in Transition and the Role of the Media

Why We Should Pay More Attention to Arab Media

The Arab Spring took both regional potentates and the West by surprise. One of the reasons was that Arab media was almost totally ignored, claims the political scientist Asiem El-DifraouiMore

Demonstration against the Assad regime in Maadamiya, near Damascus (photo: dapd)

Civil War in Syria

Assad's Final Days Could Go on for Years

Syrian blogger Jasmine Roman comments on the war going on in her country, a conflict that has become a confessional one – and that could go on for years even after the toppling of AssadMore

Egyptian blogger Maikel Nabil Sanad (photo: Bettina Marx/DW)

Egyptian Blogger Maikel Nabil Sanad

''The Elections Are a Deception''

"The presidential elections are not free and democratic," says Egyptian human rights activist Maikel Nabil Sanad, who was arrested and imprisoned and freed in January following widespread international protest. By Bettina MarxMore

The imprisoned blogger Alaa Abdel Fattah (photo: Wikipedia)

The Imprisoned Blogger Alaa Abdel Fattah

An Open Letter from a Cairo Prison Cell

"Instead of arresting the murderer of the blogger Khaled Said, the military imprisoned me, just before the birth of my son. The only good thing is that the protests are continuing," writes Alaa Abdel Fattah, one of the Egyptian revolution's best-known bloggers and activistsMore

Women protesting in Tunisia (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Tunisian Blogger Lina Ben Mhenni

Voicing Concerns of Women

A professor at the University of Tunis, Lina Ben Mhenni was instrumental in informing people about repression under the Ben Ali regime. In this article she writes about the mood of the protests that would change the face of TunisiaMore