The wave of revolutions that came to be known as the Arab Spring began a decade ago – in December of 2010.
Arabs mobilised in their millions in collective calls for democracy, justice and freedom of expression. Governments fell. Autocrats – names like Mubarak, Gaddafi, Ben Ali – went with them.
In this special edition of The Listening Post, we take a retrospective look at what happened in the halcyon days of the Arab uprisings. And we discuss the subsequent crushing of democratic movements; the clampdowns on freedom of the press that remain in place today.
We have chosen to focus on the stories of three countries: Tunisia, where the movement got its start; Egypt, where it appeared to reach its height; and Syria, where it hit a brick wall.
Zaina Erhaim – Journalist and communications trainer
Sherine Tadros – Deputy Director of Advocacy, Amnesty International
Adel Iskandar – Asst Professor of Global Communication, Simon Fraser University
Karam Nachar – Publisher and co-founder, Al Jumhuriya
Marwan Kraidy – Dean and CEO, Northwestern University, Qatar
Monia Ben Hamadi – Editor-in-chief, Inkyfada