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The discourse on facebook in the scope of the Egyptian revolution in 2011, how it relates to human rights and what implies for the European Union

Seidenberg, M.P. (2011) The discourse on facebook in the scope of the Egyptian revolution in 2011, how it relates to human rights and what implies for the European Union.

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Abstract:On the 25th of January 2011 a protest wave in Egypt started which resulted in the demission of President Mubarak only 18 days later. In the scope of this revolution internet platforms such as facebook played a central role. But what has been the discourse on such platform within the revolution? This thesis analysis the discourse that has taken place in the scope of the revolution on the biggest social network on the internet: facebook. Social networking is regarded to have an influence on political and social activism. Therefore the discourse on facebook is displaying the central issues of the people in the scope of the Egyptian revolution. Within the discourse analysis special attention is given on the concept of human rights according the UN. Human rights play a central role in the overall demand of the people which is: “Mubarak to step down”. Besides corruption all other main demands, which have been found on facebook, relate to human rights in different ways. Based on these findings the revolution in Egypt is classified as a human rights revolution. Although the EU demanded the respect for human rights since the beginning of the diplomatic cooperation between the EU and Egypt the uprising of the people was required to see substantial changes.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Public Administration BSc (56627)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/62606
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