A blog by Emma Davies
Social media: love it or loath it, it is here to stay, or is it? The evolution of social media has been a monumental boost for public self-expression. With roughly 36% of the world’s population owning a social media account, political regimes and cultures that do not uphold the principle of freedom of speech are becoming increasingly threatened by the power of social media to influence, giving rise to endless arrests, detentions, internet shutdowns and social media taxes.
Earlier this month people in Southern Iraq were protesting over high unemployment rates and poor infrastructure.
Just before the security forces used live fire and tear gas to control what was only a peaceful protest, the government cut the internet. Protesters were not able to post images and videos of the unnecessary violence being used. A source in Baghdad told us:
'When there is no internet, people are being be