Did The Media Fail Victims Of The Egyptian Protests?

Posted: February 18, 2011 by Abouelmakarem in Uncategorized

Although the protests in Egypt have died down since Mubarak stepped down, there are still the lingering effects that must be dealt with in the aftermath. There are a lot of issues that the media has failed to report on that are very important, such as children that have gone missing and those that were separated from their parents during the protests. A close friend of mine that I went to school with in Cairo has posted on his Facebook the pictures of children that have yet to be reunited with their parents. I am moved by the vigilante actions of the people, and at the same time shocked that the media hasn’t been fully utilized in that instance.
Another issue that bothers me greatly is the fact that so many women were assaulted during the protesting. CBS reporter Lara Logan was sexually assaulted when she was separated from her crew while reporting in Cairo. Not only were foreign women assaulted by men in the protesting, but many Egyptian women were (and have been) as well.
For a movement that was mainly successful due to social media, I am surprised that the effects and aftermath aren’t being solved by social media as well. I would like to see a Twitter page created for reuniting these missing children with their families, and for the women who were attacked to be able to find some sort of justice with the media and it’s lack of reporting.

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