The third Arab bloggers conference began in Tunis on October 3rd and represents a meeting place for cyber activists across the Arab world. It was not a meeting to gather former opponents to domestic regimes but a meeting to exchange digital experience leading to future change.
Day three of the Arab bloggers conference dealt with citizen media strategies (spectacle, narrative, and discourse), making sense of propaganda and counter-propaganda, and how to work with video, audio, and security software.
Different interventions animated a debate around the difficulties faced by the cyber revolutionary during their activism. Hussain Yousif from Bahrain (MENA coordinator of Bahrain Press Association) explained the difficulties that the youth in Bahrain are currently facing.
Yousif is living outside Bahrain and is unable to go back to his country. He believes in the role of youth and social media to bring the change. “I am trying to get the picture of Bahrain and spread it to the world to have a clearer picture about what is going on there”. He considers that youth in Bahrain broke the chains of fear by demonstrating 200 meters away from the US 5th fleet; “They broke the silence and they forced international media to cover the events”.
Since Yousif considers that democracy in Bahrain is a lie, he is ready to fight to change it. Indeed, he dreams about a real democratic Bahrain with effective institutions where freedom of speech will be a granted right. “I would like to see my people speaking freely without being afraid”, he added, sharing the desire of peoples throughout the world.