The Walk of Arab Spring through Citizen Journalism

The emergence of future journalism contradicts whether technologies can be actually certainly helpful to disseminate information conveniently and rapidly or either it is a threat to the credibility and stability of expediently obtain certain journalism news written by the existence of citizen journalism. The emerging current issues of citizen journalism for instance, the Arab Spring Revolution where how journalism revolves and affected in political movement and also the internet war.

The Arab Spring began on the early 1990’s where Arabian began to use Internet as an alternative way to voice up and challenge the autocratic regimes by opposing governmental censorship. The upheavals in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Libya, Algeria, Sudan and other parts of the Middle East and North Africa in 2011 became known as the Facebook revolution. This was one of the most interesting uses of citizen journalism to disseminate information. People were using their mobile telephones to record events, to take photographs, to videotape activities and release them to the world in a way that traditional media could not, because they had no access (Barnes, C, 2012).

The young group of activists are actively using blog, Twitter, Facebook and other social networks that sparked the massive wave of political change swept the Arab world and Internet usage among Arabian are massively increasing and then began to take advantage of it to participate on civic discourse. According to Seib (2007), Arab media, especially the opposition press, were being exploited by the autocratic ruling regimes as a platform for people to vent their angry feelings and resentment toward their authoritarian governments, instead of taking decisive steps in the direction of radical reform and transformation, thus substituting words for action. Citizen journalism from Arab Spring effectively use Internet to achieve their own political goals, educate political issues to Arabians and aspirations.

The contemporary internet and media has given a lot of accessibilities and advantages for the citizen journalism, for instance, by just a click away, information can be disseminate publicly and globally by the speediness of internet.In conclusion, the audiences and readers are too sophisticated on what information they obtain from the new media which also contributed to the growth of citizen journalism.


Barnes, C, 2012. Citizen Journalism vs. Traditional Journalism. A Case for Collaboration, [Online]. Vol. 58 Issue. 2/3, 16-27,179. Available at: accountid=15112 [ Accessed 6 October 2014].

Seib, P, 2009. New media and the new Middle East. Macmillan. [ Accessed 6 October 2014]


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