This is my dumping ground for quotes and other stuff relating to the wonderful world of digital & communications.
Mona Eltahawy, an Egyptian-American journalist… was arrested at the Ministry of the Interior in Cairo on Wednesday. She was beaten and assaulted by police, interrogated by military intelligence and finally freed 12 hours later.
She borrowed the Blackberry of another protester arrested and detained with her to tweet, “Beaten arrested in interior ministry.”
Between the time she was arrested and the time she was released (tweeting, “I AM FREE”), the hashtag #freemona had become a worldwide trending topic, sparked, in part, by New York Times columnist Nick Kristof. In fact, it only took 20 minutes to trend.
The State Department responded on their Twitter account, saying, “Reports of @monaeltahawy and @pangeaworld detention very concerning. @USEmbassyCairo engaging authorities.”