Article published in:Media and communication as antecedents to the transformation agenda in Malaysia: Challenges and realities
Edited by Ali Salman
[Journal of Asian Pacific Communication 25:2] 2015
► pp. 220–230
Social media and the arab spring
Dissemination of information among Malaysians
The year 2010 has seen the rise of West Asia with the Arab Spring phenomena. The event has triggered the solidarity of at least 8 countries in the region of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and has seen the ousting of Hosni Mubarak’s regime. Malaysia is emotionally attached to Egypt through religion, economy and education which has led Malaysians to track the event. In the meantime, the media is seen as the catalyst towards the rise of the people there. The democratic system depends very much on free, accurate and responsible flow of credible information. The flow of information has brought huge changes in the communications aspect. This article will discuss about the impact of social media as the main source of information channel among Malaysians during the massive uprise in Egypt.
Keywords: social media, communication, credible information, solidarity, Middle East conflict
Published online: 11 December 2015
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