Turning to Twitter is becoming second nature for people who personally feel the brunt of government crackdowns in the Middle East. Journalist Mona El Tahawy, a central information source during protests in Egypt, is the latest example.
El Tahawy tweeted that she was “Beaten arrested in interior ministry.” The next day, after a global outcry, she tweeted, “I AM FREE” and shared the details of her ordeal. She also thanked the political activist who lent her the phone she used to write the tweet that inspired the hashtag #freemona. Mathew Ingram of GigaOm credited the Twitter community with fostering her rescue.