Due to my residing in the Middle East (Qatar), several people have questioned me for more recent updates to what's happening in Egypt right now. The following is some of the latest news, some on the ground, and mainly from Al Jazeera staff, currently doing a brilliant job of keeping the public informed in spite of their broadcast HQ in Cairo being shut down late last night. Please also find links to some interesting articles, surfacing as a result of the telecommunications holocaust the Egyptian government has enforced:
- the RSS feed above will continue to relay audio boos live from the Al Jazeera team in Cairo. Journalist Evan Hill is currently updating these broadcasts whenever necessary/possible. You can also follow Hill's Flickr feed for photographic updates, here.
- Al Jazeera is continuously updating its local Doha broadcast channels with Breaking News whenever necessary/possible. You can watch these updates LIVE, right here.
- fear of bigger clashes/bloodshed have been relayed to the Director of Research at Brookings Doha Centre, Shadi Hamid, as informed by a figure in the Muslim Brotherhood. Hamid was speaking earlier on AJE about the situation.
- the role of social media in the debacle, including microblogging and other broadcast channels - such as AJE's use of audioBoo - have been highly debated all over the news. CNN, AJE and others have relied heavily on the use of Facebook, Twitter, bloggers and the like to receive additional info on the ground in Egypt. Mathew Ingram speaks out on GIGAom.
Al Jazeera have released hotline numbers for all those needing a direct line to the network, with information on the progress of the situation. Individuals are requested to call: +97444896192 or +97444896190.
More updates as I receive them; keep your eyes peeled for the audioBoo updates. Shout out to all the journalists braving the increasingly horrific situation in Egypt right now. God bless.