The Arab Revolutions – How Facebook Changed The World – From Tunisia to Egypt, Libya to Syria, the winds of change are sweeping across the Middle East, with a very modern kind of revolution. For this unique two-part series, Mishal Husain (BBC Global News, Newsnight) visits the source of the so-called Arab Spring, meeting the young people at the heart of the revolutions. Using video and stills shot by thousands of people on mobile phone cameras, Mishal explores how cyber activism ignited a revolt which led to the fall of the powerful in Tunisia and Egypt and how the ongoing struggle for political freedom in Libya and Syria is being fought in cyberspace.She looks at the role of cyber activism across the Middle East, but also shows that the success of these revolutions depends on people taking a stand, facing bullets and tanks, and being prepared to die for their cause.
Producer: BBC Productions
TX: Summer / Autumn 2011