Tweeting ’bout the revolution – the case of Tunisia

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The digital revolution has been meeting actual revolution over the past week in Tunisia.

Users of social media are being credited with bringing about the downfall of President of Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, reports National Public Radio in the States.

Meanwhile. the authorities have been extending the usual means of suppressing unfavourable reporting by mainstream journalists, arresting bloggers and interfering with email and social media accounts including Facebook.

But tweeters opened themselves up to accusations of inaccuracy by falsely reporting mid last week that the president had been ousted before he had in fact fled.

However, as the Guardian’s Brian Whitaker points out, online communities’ ability to self-correct quickly means this doesn’t completely undermine contributions’ from citizen journalists.

The BBC reports how the fall of the Tunisian regime is being hailed by bloggers around the Arab world.

For a backgrounder on how citizen journalism is flourishing in the Arab world – where most people are subjects rather than citizens – see here.

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