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Twitter = Revolution 2.0!

Written by on Wednesday, 7 April 2010
Kyrgyzstan, Media and Internet

Just like in Iran in June 2009, when Twitter became a first-hand news-ground for many following post-election events in Iran, in Kyrgyzstan Twitter is also changing the way people disseminate and consume information. The events happening in Kyrgyzstan today – people’s demonstrations in different parts of the country, especially in capital city Bishkek – are being actively reported and discussed real-time by Kyrgyz Twitter users under hashtags #freekg and #kyrgyzstan


Here are some #freekg twits:

@KyrgyzNOW: Twitterers, President Bakiev Killed 12 people and over seriously wounded in Bishkek. 230! Plz #freekg

@baisalov: We demand the release of opposition leaders in order to return the situation to political way #freekg

hau705 when were in the main square, a guy, who was standing in two meters from me, was shot #freekg

@KyrgyzNOW: #freekg This is What President Bakiev did to own People. Very Graphic Pics! Attention: http://bit.ly/duUJZH


Every minute #freekg and #kyrgyzstan are producing dozens of twits by Kyrgyz twitter users, who are either following or witnessing the demonstrations. All state controlled mainstream media are not covering the events, which, according to different sources, already have several civilians dead. Independent news sources, usually online, are blocked by most of the Internet providers of Kyrgyzstan. In such situation, new media tools in internet are very helpful. And the cases of Iran and Kyrgyzstan are great examples for it.

PS. Majority of the twits udner #freekg and #kyrgyzstan are in Russian. You can use Google Translator to translate them into other languages.

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