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The Egyptian Revolt: As Told Through the Blogosphere

Egyptian women pray behind a row of riot police.(MARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Images)

photo of Julia Edwards
January 28, 2011

As Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak clamps down on the Internet and telecommunications to quell the protests in his country, U.S. social media is taking up the cause.

Click through following pages to view tweets, blog posts, and YouTube videos from journalists, experts, and everyday citizens disturbed over the events unfolding in Egypt.

 

The top tweet as of 11:00 a.m. EST under #Egypt, protesting the government's censorship.



Everything ██is█████ ████ ████fine ███ █ ████ love. ████ █████ the ███ Egypt ███ ████ government ██ #jan25 #Egypt #censorshipless than a minute ago via web


 

At Atlantic.com, Alexis Madrigal posted a translated Egyptian Activist Action Plan. Some commentators disagreed with his decision to post the plan before it was carried out.

 

A commenter on FoxNews.com's article, "Biden: Mubarak Should Not Step Down":


 

rodealer 7 minutes ago
If it looks like a Dictator, Walks like a Dictator, Talks like a Dictator then it can be assumed that it is a DICTATOR.



A former White House press secretary for George W. Bush tweeted:


I wish they would protest in Beijing and Damascus too. via Twitter for BlackBerry®


 

On YouTube's "Your Interview with the President 2011," a viewer emailed President Obama a question about the crisis:

Obama replied, "My main hope right now is that violence is not the answer to solving these problems in Egypt." And he reiterated a commitment to freedom of speech, including social media: "There are certain core values that we believe in as Americans, that we believe are universal: freedom of speech, freedom of expression, people being able to use social networking or any other mechanisms to communicate with each other and express their concerns. And that I think is no less true in the Arab world than it is here in the United States."

The New York Times hosted a discussion between Egyptian scholars and columnists in its latest "Room for Debate":

Firas Al-Atraqchi, a journalism professor at American University in Cairo, wrote a Huffington Post op-ed calling the events in Egypt “the region’s turning point” and urging the Western world to rally behind the movement: "Now that the Arab street is alive with the power of the people for the people and by the people, will policies in Washington, London and Paris accommodate their pursuit of democratic reform?"

 

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