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  • sami ben gharbia 3:48 am on December 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: video, zidi bouzid   

    تذكّر نشيدك يا تونسي 

    No words could express my anger and bitterness about what’s going on in my country!

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    • gregorylent 9:05 am on December 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      i don’t know what is happening in either of your two countries … netherlands, tunisia, earth … but this world is being born, and creating the future rarely benefits from considering the past, beyond the simple recognition that it is dysfunctional … go forward, create in love, the only way people change is to learn for themselves from inside out .. enjoy, gregorylent

    • sami ben gharbia 3:56 pm on December 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Gregory, I was talking about Tunisia, and what’s going on is here.

      • Aboudhar 10:56 am on December 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        The crisis, the crisis my friend Sami.
        Nothing, but the crisis dear Gregory. It affects everyone, Tunisia, the Netherlands and all the earth.
        This crisis is pure fodder for all the deprived we are.
        Do not be fooled by cons, the salutary approach, he approaches every day and for a very very long anyway, but it will not come overnight.
        Remember January 1984, he preceded in November 1987 of three years.
        Overnight, will be time for a new lure for us.
        He called Trabelsi, Materi or even Marzouki Chebbi or Ghannouchi, but it will be an illusion that the crisis, this crisis will swipp.
        Cheers Tunisnews and Nawaat, the websites of freedom of expression for all! but not for me.

        La crise, la crise mon cher ami Sami.
        Rien d’autre que la crise cher Gregory. Elle concerne tout le monde, la Tunisie, les pays bas et toute la terre.
        Cette crise, je sais cela peut paraître bizarre pour certains, mais pas pour toi, est du pûr pain béni pour tout les désherités que nous sommes.
        Il ne faut pas se leurrer par contre, le salut approche, il approche tout les jours et depuis très très longtemps de toute façon, mais ce ne sera pas pour demain la veille.
        Rappelles-toi Janvier 1984, il a précédé Novembre 1987 de trois ans.
        Demain la veille sera donc le temps pour un nouveau leurre pour nous.
        Il s’appellera Trabelsi, Materi, ou même Marzouki, Chebbi ou Ghannouchi, mais il sera un leurre que la crise, cette crise balyera à son tour.
        Vive Tunisnews et Nawaat, les sites de la liberté d’expression pour tous! mais pas pour moi.

        Aboudhar, opprime de benali et del’opposition de benali

      • Sami (un autre) 7:46 pm on January 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Salut Sami,

        Est-ce que par hasard tu connais le Daily Show de Jon Stewart ? Et est-ce que ça t’intéresserait d’y participer ? Just a thought

        http://forums.thedailyshow.com/?page=ThreadView&thread_id=35548

      • rania 9:41 am on January 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply

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    • Kilani 3:06 am on January 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Cher Sami, merci pour cette petite vidéo pleine de sens, elle aura certainement un impact fort auprès de cette jeunesse sacrifiée par cette bande mafieuse. Je profite pour maudire les parrains du pseudo parrain tunisien à savoir le bling bling énergumène Sarkofage et le pédo gâteux italien et le minuscule américain ( who’s can nothing !! )

      Je souhaite par ailleurs de lancer un souhait et appel aux collègues artistes et créateurs, si quelqu’un peut créer un discours pour la future chute du pseudo parrain tunisien et le mettre en sous titrage comme celui “crée par des militants français pour lutter contre la loi de la retraite du sinistre Worth/Sarkophage” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptmzOF2hOmA ( en plusieurs langues c’est encore mieux, pour étaler le drame tunisien sur la seine internationale )

      Il y a eu déjà une première initiative que je salue au passage :

      au fait ce genre de vidéos a beaucoup d’impact et se propage très vite entre internautes.

      Que la lutte continue
      Merci à toi et Vive la Tunisie Libérée bientôt, Laïque et Démocratique

    • Diunnyknofity 8:43 am on January 7, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      very interesting, thanks

    • Milan Sima 7:01 pm on January 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Dear Mr Gharbia, I’m czech journalist and I’m going to make TV report for Czech Public Television to Tunisia. Can you, please, recommend me by mail any independent journalist or blogger living in Tunis (contacts)? I’d like to make interview with him. Thank you very much. Best Regadrs, Milan Sima (Czech Television, Prague, Czech Republic)

    • Yosri 8:13 am on February 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Il est temps de rentrer au bled, non?

    • وجع البنفسج 8:07 pm on March 31, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      اخي الكريم .. يسعدني العثور بمدونتك ،، ويسعدني ان ابارك لك بالثورة التونسية والحرية ، وربنا يحفظ تونس واهلها ..
      تقبل مروري وتحيتي

  • sami ben gharbia 4:12 pm on July 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Censorship in Tunisia, a nightmare! A video clip about the ban of Flickr in Tunisia. 

    This video mashup is about the ban of Flickr, the popular and one of the best online photo-sharing website, in Tunisia since April 28th, 2010. The clip is inspired by Anthony Hopkins’s film “Slipstream“, especially with the little flash cuts in the scenes. The burning of the ‘Mona Lisa’ scene is from Kurt Wimmer’s “Equilibrium” (2002).

    The Flickr images used in this clip are under Creative Commons:

     
  • sami ben gharbia 9:22 pm on April 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Ettajdid, video, wat.tv   

    Tunisia: WAT.TV, the 3rd video-sharing website to be blocked! 

    wat-logo.jpgFew days ago, the Tunisian regime has blocked access to WAT.TV, a social networking and media-sharing website, which is believed to be the 3rd video broadcaster on the Internet in France.

    This is also the third video-sharing website to be blocked in The country. First they blocked Dailymotion on September 3rd, 2007, then it was the turn of Youtube to be banned from the country Internet on November 2nd, 2007.

    But while Youtube and Dailymotion have been banned because of videos that mock President Ben Ali and expose the country’s human rights abuses, WAT.TV seems to be blocked because of the broadcasting of the activities of the opposition Ettajdid Movement (legal, former communist party). Indeed, the Ettajdid Movement has embraced the Internet during and after the 2009 presidential and legislative elections, whose leader, Ahmed Brahim, ran for Tunisia’s presidency (won 1.57%, according to the Interior ministry). Ahmed Brahim’s channel on WAT.TV has dozens of videos by his campaign and by supporters.

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    • daviduxresll 4:49 am on April 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Therefore , how are you going tocelebrate this particular Easter Vacation?

  • sami ben gharbia 12:51 pm on February 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Google has disabled the ability for Nawaat to upload new videos 

    Update – February 17, 2010: Youtube has restored the rejected video and nawaat’s account. Thank you Google for the understanding and thank you all for the support.

    Today we got a message from Youtube informing us that the ability to post new videos on Youtube has been temporarily disabled for violating the YouTube Community Guidelines because of a video deemed “inappropriate.” We are pretty sure that some Tunisian pro-government users have flagged it as inappropriate, even we cannot prove it. This is the message we received:

    The following video(s) from your account have been disabled for violating the YouTube Community Guidelines:

    Tunise : enfants des zones défavorisées (Nawaat)

    While it might not seem fair to say you can’t show something because of what viewers theoretically might do in response, we draw the line at content that’s intended to incite violence or encourage dangerous, illegal activities that have an inherent risk of serious physical harm or death. It’s not okay to post videos showing bad stuff like animal abuse, drug abuse, under-age drinking and smoking, or bomb making. Any depictions like these should be educational or documentary and shouldn’t be designed to help or encourage others to imitate them.

    This is the second Community Guidelines warning sanction your account has received within six months. Accordingly, the ability to post new content to YouTube from this account has been disabled and will not return until two weeks after you acknowledge this message. Please review the YouTube Community Guidelines and refrain from further violations, which may result in the termination of your account(s).


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    The video in question (also available on our Posterous page), titled Tunise : enfants des zones défavorisées (Tunisia: Children from disadvantaged areas), shows a groupd of 6 – 7 year old Tunisian kids inhaling glue and talking about why and from where they’re getting the substance. Sniffing glue, which is considered gateway drug, is a very dangerous practice among Tunisian teens and kids from disadvantaged areas and we don’t understand why the video has been found to violate Youtube Terms of Use! Though one can legitimately ask if the video of Neda Agha-Soltan’s death on June 20, 2009 on Youtube was not inappropriate or graphic? Does it not violate Youtube Terms of Use or is it ‘Too Distressing to Ignore‘ as Mashabe described it?

    By rejecting our video, which caused the temporary suspension of our account on its platform, Google is banning what is considered to be the first citizen video that tries to document this practice and share it among our fellow citizens and with the world. By publishing it on Youtube and other video-sharing websites, Nawaat is not encouraging drug abuse nor helping others to imitate those poor kids. This is not nawaat’s mission. Nawaat has been launched to help Tunisians and their friends get access to all kind of barred information. We are providing a platform to anyone who wants to express his or her idea freely without censorship or fear. While we are and intend to remain independent of any political party or NGO, we opened our platform as a space to support democracy and protest human rights abuses in our country. One of our goals is to build an anti-propaganda machine against the very sophisticated and quite crafty official Tunisian propaganda. And precisely that rejected video was meant to counter Tunisia’s official discourse on Child protection and health.

    It’s worth mentioning here that this is not the first time that Youtube administrators shut down human rights activists accounts because of inappropriate content. In late 2007, our Egyptian friend, blogger and journalist, Wael Abbas, who documents human rights abuses by Egyptian police, temporarily had his Youtube account suspended after publishing the infamous video of an Egyptian bus driver being sodomized with a stick by the Egyptian police officers. Let us also recall that it was thanks to that same video published on Youtube that justice was served and that the two Egyptian torturers were sentenced to three years in jail for sodomizing and torturing the driver.

    The irony is that during the Breaking Borders event that was organized by Google in november last year to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the fall of Berlin wall, I answered a question, on how to support online free speech, asked by Rachel Whetstone Vice President, Public Policy and Communications at Google, by saying that Google should not suspend human rights activists accounts like what happened with the aforementioned case of my friend Wael Abbas (I also highlighted the importance of adding https to blogspot blogging platform, a step which I still believe is crucial to help protect the identity of anonymous bloggers under repressive regimes – The video of the panel discussion during the Breaking Borders event is availbale on Google Freedom of Expression@Google YouTube-Channel).

    Now that our ability to publish new content on Youtube has been disabled, temporarily, for two weeks, and threatened to be terminated in case we publish another “inappropriate” video (and we certainly will), what are the lessons that we should learn from this incident:

    • activist should consider hosting their video materials on Witness’ The HUB, which I believe is a very good alternative to Youtube, as it is a global platform totally dedicated to human rights media.
    • activists should host their own content, if they can afford it (we cannot), or publish it on multiple platforms, not only as a long-term backup strategy but as a viral strategy as well. The sword of a sudden suspension of their account can fall at any time, especially if you are not an activist from Iran or China, countries that score high on the Index of what I call the “business of online free speech and digital activism”. Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Mauritania, Libya, etc., are forgotten cases; Unfortunately, we do not attract enough media attention and we won’t, we are not sexy enough, not only for the average online freedom of expression “advocates”, but for the most dedicated ones as well, those self-proclaimed “Meta-activists” and social media gurus! The few good exceptions that are doing their best to raise awareness and support our causes are our only allies who have been at our side in all tragic events. All the rest are a lost case, you cannot rely on them during difficult situations, especially the NGO’s world. Digital activism, Twitter Revolution, Internet equal democracy bullshit, all that hype is only an unprecedented opportunity for raising money, promoting own agenda (political, ideological), building over inflated egos- you name it.
    • We, grassroots, self-funded and independent activists and administrators of 100% independent social media and activism projects, urgently need to unpack the unstated motives in NGOs, companies and governments Internet freedom policies, if I may borrow the expression from my friend Ethan Zuckerman in his excellent and eye-opening article. We need to understand, demystify and navigate very carefully this field that starts to be hijacked by some Super-powers, global web 2.0 giants, funders and NGO’s that are using it for their own political, economic and geo-strategic agendas. Internet freedom is a very beautiful and attractive slogan that can hide its worst enemies. And to all our westerns friends who are willing to help us sincerely, please focus on the western companies that are making money by selling censor-wares to our authoritarian regimes. Don’t look only at Nokia/Siemens role in Iran and overlook Secure Computing, Websense, Mcafee and Sisco System roles in Tunisia, Syria, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, UAE…

    I’m very sorry if my conclusions sound harsh, but how else can one describe this bitterness. The team of Nawaat has been fighting very hard to keep its site and all its online initiatives and projects alive. We have been struggling against censorship, daily hacking and DDos attacks for the last 6 years, since it was blocked few weeks after its launch in 2004. Not only our collective blog and all its mirror websites are blocked, but also all the personal blogs of its administrators are banned and hacked– for more than seven years. Nawaat’s twitter account was the first twitter page to be blocked in Tunisia and so its Posterous numerous pages, its facebook page, Cybversion.org, nawaat’s project that monitors online censorship in Tunsia, Yezzi, the online protest against Ben Ali, blocked then hacked at the 20th occasion of Ben Ali’s rule. Even Youtube and Dailymotion were blocked in Tunisia because of the videos published their by our team.

    And while we are not complaining about all the censorship and attacks targeting us, as we are totally aware that these are the consequences of the fight we are waging against the Tunisian regime to win back our freedom of expression, we really don’t want and don’t expect to see this battle front extended to Google services.

     
  • sami ben gharbia 2:32 pm on December 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Zouheir Makhlouf sentenced to 3 months prison term 

    Today, December 1st, 2009, online reporter Zouheir Makhlouf has been sentenced to 3 months prison term and ordered to pay a fine of 6000 dinars.

    On October 20th, 2009, Zouhaïer Makhlouf, a Tunisia Human rights activist and correspondent of Assabil Online website has been arrested for publishing a video report online about the environmental pollution in Nabeul (Dar Chaabane El Fehri), a coastal town in northeastern Tunisia.

    Zouhaïer Makhlouf is one of the most active human rights activist both online and offline. He has published several human rights testimonies (video, audio and textual) which broke the silence on many sensitive issues and human rights abuses faced by tunisian activists and former political prisoners.

     
  • sami ben gharbia 11:39 am on October 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Tunisia: Prominent Activist Arrested For Environmental Video Report Published Online 

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    On October 20th, 2009, Zouhaïer Makhlouf, a Tunisia Human rights activist and correspondent of Assabil Online website has been arrested for publishing a video report online about the environmental pollution in Nabeul (Dar Chaabane El Fehri), a coastal town in northeastern Tunisia.

    According to reports released by several local human rights organizations, it seems that someone called Mourad Ladhib had brought a case against Mr Makhlouf accusing him of filming without permission.

    Mr Makhlouf in turn, has denied the charges against him and refused to sign the police report arguing hat the subject of his online video report was part of the activities of the Democratic Progressive Party – a legal party of which he is an active member- to ivestigate social, economic and environmental issues in the area of Nabeul, adding that he didn’t film any sensitive areas prohibited by the law and accusing the investigator of politicizing the case.

    Mr Makhlouf has since been transferred to Mornaguia Prison in the suburbs of Tunis where he began a hunger strike on October 21st to protest against his illegal detention. Mr Makhlouf will be tried on November 3rd, 2009, on defamation charges and could be sentenced to up to one year in prison, under the Tunisian Telecommunications Code.

    On October 26th, Tunisian Security services and plainclothes police surrounded the office of the Democratic Progressive Party in a bid to block a rally in support of the detained activist. Furthermore, and on the same day, State Security also surrounded the house of Mr Makhlouf preventing his friends from contacting Mr Makhlouf’s wife to persuade her to stop a hunger strike that she began on October 22nd in support for her husband.

    Despite the continuous threats and harassments that he is subjected to, Zouhaïer Makhlouf is one of the most active human rights activist both online and offline. He has published several human rights testimonies (video, audio and textual) which broke the silence on many sensitive issues and human rights abuses faced by tunisian activists and former political prisoners.

     
  • sami ben gharbia 9:49 pm on October 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , propagande, publicité, République, , video   

    Anti-pub vidéo : TOUNSI WRASI 3ALI / تونسي و راسي عالي 

    Parce que le créateur de ces clips “TOUNSI WRASI 3ALI / تونسي و راسي عالي ” nous a en effet touché, nous n’avons pu résister au fait d’honorer son travail en le remixant tel qu’il nous a inspiré.

    Merci notamment à Kalthoum Kennou (Magistrate), Mohammed Talbi (universitaire) et Ali Ben Salem (80 ans, doyen de l’amicale nationale des anciens résistants) pour leurs sacrifices afin de redonner du sens à cette fierté d’être tunisien (fierté à propos de laquelle se sont exprimés, entre autres, Issam Barhoumi, Makram Misaoui, Majdi Smiri, Manel Amara, Nizar Chaari, Baha Kafi, Lounifi Anis et Wajdi Lakhal).

    nawaat.org

     
    • Bonny 10:43 am on October 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Monsieur Ben Gharbia,obnubilé par sa personne avec vos moustaches et ces lunettes vous ressemblez plus aux mercenaires de Black Water qui opèrent en Irak.Un peu de modestie et d’humilité quand on est gouverné par un traître pro-sioniste.D’abord se soulever contre cette raclure…

    • entisioniste 5:22 pm on June 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Merci pour tous se que tu fais je suis fière d’étre tunisien qu’on je voie qqun qui se bas contre ces macros et voleur,TU EST LE VRAIS TUNISIEN OURASEK AALI

  • sami ben gharbia 5:13 pm on April 2, 2008 Permalink | Reply
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    BoingBoing: Tunisian vloggers pwn us at the art of political remixes 

    Xeni Jardin from Boing Boing, has this video interview with Ethan Zuckerman, co-founder of Global Voices, about videoblogging culture in Tunisia.

    Despite intense restrictions on freedom of speech there, and extreme risks for critics of the political status quo, bloggers there are finding innovative uses for video online, as a method of cultural commentary and activism. Using tools like Tor and SipPhone to ensure anonymity, they have proven themselves to be several steps ahead of their US counterparts — as evidenced by a story Zuckerman shares about an Apple ad remix.

    Of course I didn’t know what “pwn‘ meant, so I checked the wikipedia article: “Pwn is a leetspeak slang term that implies domination or humiliation of a rival, used primarily in the Internet gaming culture to taunt an opponent who has just been soundly defeated.”

     
    • sarah 7:54 pm on April 4, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      thanks for sharing this

    • :o 10:59 am on April 12, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Ahla Sami,

      Je n’arrive pas à m’abonner à ton fil RSS, qui semble être erroné [ voir ici ].

      Please fix the error.

    • Sami Ben Gharbia 8:38 pm on April 12, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      merci pour l’alerte. Y avait un script injecté dans le code qui empechait cela. Je l’ai localisé et modifié. Pour ce qui est de la validation, c’est aussi Google analytics qui pose un petit problème . J’espère que tu arrives à t’inscrire maintenant.

      amitiés

    • :o 1:52 pm on April 13, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Le problème existe toujours.

      Tu utilises WordPress ?

      Evite de mettre le script dans le fichier index.php de la racine de ton site.

      Met le plutôt dans le fichier footer.php du theme que tu utilises.

      😉

    • Sami Ben Gharbia 2:10 pm on April 13, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Bizzare! je ne peux pas parler des ces choses en public, le problème est beaucoup plus complexe que ça, c’est des tentatives quotidiennes de hacking et de destruction, tu comprends 🙂

      pour les scripts, ils sont dans le footer et non dans l’index. Je crois que j’ai résolu le problème. merci pour le feedback

    • lirun 12:41 pm on April 21, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      interesting

  • sami ben gharbia 3:23 am on March 25, 2008 Permalink | Reply
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    Tunisian presidential airplane: I'm not the author/co-author, and I never was or pretended to be! 

    A lot of people are wrongly reporting that I’m involved in the making of the Tunisian presidential airplain video. The video, as I reported here earlier, was build, from sracth, by Astrubal. What I did is just blogging/talking about it (maybe a little too much), trying to create a buzz around the kind of Web2.0 activism I like. Well, the buzz has worked, but not without a collateral damage: me and my credibility. And now some people are giving me the credit, that I do not deserve, for the video, neglecting to point out to Astrubal as The only author.

    Let’s make it clear, hopefully for the last time:

    1- I never claimed I was involved in making the video. And how could I do such thing while the video is signed with Astrubal pseudonym and a link to his blog; unless I’m “un con” (that means stupid in French) and take ownership of something that’s not mine?

    2- When I asked my friend and colleague Amira Al Hussaini to cover the story for Global Voices I explained to her, since she couldn’t read Astrubal’s post (she does not speak french) that the video has been made by Astrubal, and not by me. And I guess everyone can read that on my blog post.

    3- During a conference organized by the Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society in Istanbul in February of 2008, I made a keynote presentation (you can download it from here if you are a Mac user or just see screenshots of it here) about the Tunisian video activism in which I showed several examples of videos made by Astrubal, by myself and by Tarak Mekki (I’m interested in his way of using the Internet for political campaigns; and I do not sympathize with his populist approach). I said then that the presidential airplane video is the work of Astrubal. And, at the end of my presentation, I provided a link to all related posts on the videos I covered.

    I cannot surf the Internet, from one blog to another, to tell the people who are wrongly giving me the credit that I’m not the author or the co-author of the video. They are a lot and I only did that with the bloggers I know.

    I’m really sorry that I might caused some misunderstanding around the video and I do hope this explanation will clear it up.

     
    • EthanZ 2:29 pm on March 26, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Apologies, Sami. I misunderstood and thought you’d worked with Astrubal on that video. I have made changes to the blogpost on my personal site that should make it clear that Astrubal was the author of the video and that your role was solely as a promoter of it. Sorry for any inconvenience. My error.

    • Sami Ben Gharbia 3:09 pm on March 26, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Ethan, there’s no need to apologies. Thanks for the amazing job you’ve done promoting the Tunisian digital activism.

  • sami ben gharbia 4:17 pm on March 4, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , TV, video   

    تلفزتنا: أفيون تونس 

    لمشاهدة الشريط من داخل تونس الرجاء استعمال هذا الرابط أو المرور بموقع جوجل فيديو الذي لم تمتد له يد الرقابة التونسية على عكس يوتيوب و دايلي موشيون.

     
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