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Caption: Egyptians celebrating in Tahrir Square, Credit: © 2011 Platon for Human Rights Watch
Image by: © 2011 Platon for Human Rights Watch 
Egyptians celebrating in Tahrir Square 

Voices from Tahrir

From: Human Rights Watch
Length: 54:00

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Voices from Tahrir Square, a sound-portrait of the people's revolution in Egypt. For the anniversary of the Jan25-Feb11 2011 uprising.

Group240_small Muslims and Christians togetherIn this new one-hour public radio show (10min preview above in Promo tab), participants in the people's revolution in Egypt give first hand accounts of their historic 18 days in Tahrir Sqaure and discuss the challenges they face in a post-Mubarak Egypt. Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Hearing Voices (HV) offer this radio hour free for public stations. It is designed for broadcast during the anniversary of the 2011 (January 25- February 11) uprising.

In a collaboration with the award-winning portrait photographer Platon, HRW interviewed dozens of activists and ordinary people who helped drive the protests and who are trying to shape their country’s future. The New Yorker published a portfolio of Platon’s photos, along with the interviews, in "Pictures from a Revolution." HRW also created  "Revolutionaries: Egypt's Transformers."

Heba Morayef, Cairo-based researcher for Human Rights Watch, who filed regular iPhone-audio reports live from Tahir Square, hosts this comprehensive collection of interviews, live music, and sound recorded at the protests. Listeners will hear labor union leaders, musicians, human rights workers, street cleaners, and social media activists.

Among the voices in this hour:

  • Musican Ramy Essam, scars from his torture by the military after Mubarak's fall"The Singer of the Revolution", Ramy Essam, whose songs and Tahrir Square performances became rallying cries -- and who was tortured later by soldiers after Mubarak fell.
  • Video-blogger Sarrah Abdel Rahman, 23, known for her "Sarrah's World" YouTube commentaries, updating events at Tahrir.
  • Writer Nawal El Saadawi, often called the godmother of Egyptian feminism.
  • Alaa Al Aswany, novelist, and founding member of Kefaya, a grassroots group which had been calling for an end to President Mubarak's regime since 2004.
  • Jawad Nabulsi, shot in Tahrir Square, and blind now in one eye from a government bullet.
  • A dialogue between Egyptians Sally Moore, a Coptic Christian, and Mohammed Abbas, of the Muslim Brotherhood, both active youth leaders in Tahrir.
  • Laila Said, whose son, Khaled, was beaten to death by police in 2010.
  • Wael Ghonim, Google Marketing executive, whose Facebook page: "We are all Khalid Said" inspired and helped organize the mass protests.
Mother of murdered Khaled Said, with Google executive Wael Ghonim, whose Facebook page "We are all Khaled Said" helped inspire the protests"Voices from Tahrir" features recordings made in the square by reporters and citizen jounalists from around the world, including Daniel Finnan of Radio France Internationale and Matthew Cassel of Just Image.org.

The hour is available free to stations on January 20. You can hear a 10-minute preview of the program above. The one-year anniversary of the protests is Jan25-Feb11 2012. The radio hour is co-produced by HRW's Jessie Graham and HV's Barrett Golding, and mixed by Robin Wise of Sound Imagery.

Hearing Voices is the Peabody Award-winning independent pubradio producer collective. Barrett Golding is Executive Producer of the weekly series, Hearing Voices. He is a United States Artists Fellow, web-developer for Transom.org, and former GM of KGLT-Bozeman and Audio Engineer at NPR in DC.

Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. Jessie Graham is Senior Multimedia Producer at Human Rights Watch. She has reported from the Middle East and Africa for the BBC/PRI show The World, and has taught journalism in Iraq and at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Photos: © Platon for Human Rights Watch



To download web resolution Egypt images by Platon to go with the radio program, go to:

http://www.hrwnews.org/press/hrw_egypt_platon_low.zip

Captions are embedded in each image file. Credit is mandatory, and should read:

© 2011 Platon for Human Rights Watch

Piece Description

Muslims and Christians togetherIn this new one-hour public radio show (10min preview above in Promo tab), participants in the people's revolution in Egypt give first hand accounts of their historic 18 days in Tahrir Sqaure and discuss the challenges they face in a post-Mubarak Egypt. Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Hearing Voices (HV) offer this radio hour free for public stations. It is designed for broadcast during the anniversary of the 2011 (January 25- February 11) uprising.

In a collaboration with the award-winning portrait photographer Platon, HRW interviewed dozens of activists and ordinary people who helped drive the protests and who are trying to shape their country’s future. The New Yorker published a portfolio of Platon’s photos, along with the interviews, in "Pictures from a Revolution." HRW also created  "Revolutionaries: Egypt's Transformers."

Heba Morayef, Cairo-based researcher for Human Rights Watch, who filed regular iPhone-audio reports live from Tahir Square, hosts this comprehensive collection of interviews, live music, and sound recorded at the protests. Listeners will hear labor union leaders, musicians, human rights workers, street cleaners, and social media activists.

Among the voices in this hour:

  • Musican Ramy Essam, scars from his torture by the military after Mubarak's fall"The Singer of the Revolution", Ramy Essam, whose songs and Tahrir Square performances became rallying cries -- and who was tortured later by soldiers after Mubarak fell.
  • Video-blogger Sarrah Abdel Rahman, 23, known for her "Sarrah's World" YouTube commentaries, updating events at Tahrir.
  • Writer Nawal El Saadawi, often called the godmother of Egyptian feminism.
  • Alaa Al Aswany, novelist, and founding member of Kefaya, a grassroots group which had been calling for an end to President Mubarak's regime since 2004.
  • Jawad Nabulsi, shot in Tahrir Square, and blind now in one eye from a government bullet.
  • A dialogue between Egyptians Sally Moore, a Coptic Christian, and Mohammed Abbas, of the Muslim Brotherhood, both active youth leaders in Tahrir.
  • Laila Said, whose son, Khaled, was beaten to death by police in 2010.
  • Wael Ghonim, Google Marketing executive, whose Facebook page: "We are all Khalid Said" inspired and helped organize the mass protests.
Mother of murdered Khaled Said, with Google executive Wael Ghonim, whose Facebook page "We are all Khaled Said" helped inspire the protests"Voices from Tahrir" features recordings made in the square by reporters and citizen jounalists from around the world, including Daniel Finnan of Radio France Internationale and Matthew Cassel of Just Image.org.

The hour is available free to stations on January 20. You can hear a 10-minute preview of the program above. The one-year anniversary of the protests is Jan25-Feb11 2012. The radio hour is co-produced by HRW's Jessie Graham and HV's Barrett Golding, and mixed by Robin Wise of Sound Imagery.

Hearing Voices is the Peabody Award-winning independent pubradio producer collective. Barrett Golding is Executive Producer of the weekly series, Hearing Voices. He is a United States Artists Fellow, web-developer for Transom.org, and former GM of KGLT-Bozeman and Audio Engineer at NPR in DC.

Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. Jessie Graham is Senior Multimedia Producer at Human Rights Watch. She has reported from the Middle East and Africa for the BBC/PRI show The World, and has taught journalism in Iraq and at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Photos: © Platon for Human Rights Watch



To download web resolution Egypt images by Platon to go with the radio program, go to:

http://www.hrwnews.org/press/hrw_egypt_platon_low.zip

Captions are embedded in each image file. Credit is mandatory, and should read:

© 2011 Platon for Human Rights Watch

Broadcast History

Broadcast premiere: FREE to public stations.

Timing and Cues

Hour- Segments:
1 Billboard (0:59)
(News Hole 5:00)
3 Segment A (22:59)
4 Break (music-0:59)
5 Segment B (28:59)

Promo- audio (0:29)
Promo- text (0:15)

Additional Files

  • Musican Ramy Essam, scars from his torture by the military after Mubarak's fall. © 2011 Platon for Human Rights Watch. (R.Essam.jpg)
  • Mother of murdered Khaled Said, with Google executive Wael Ghonim, whose Facebook page "We are all Khaled Said" helped inspire the protests. © 2011 Platon for Human Rights Watch. (L.Said.jpg)
  • Muslims and Christians together. © 2011 Platon for Human Rights Watch. (Coalition.jpg)
  • Young Facebook/Twitter/YouTube social network bloggers. © 2011 Platon for Human Rights Watch. (Bloggers.jpg)
  • Egyptians celebrating in Tahrir Square. © 2011 Platon for Human Rights Watch. (TahrirSq.jpg)

Related Website

http://www.hrw.org/features/revolutionaries-egypts-transformers