A guest post from the from the Tactical Technology Collective
When 25-year-old Noha Atef first started working as a journalist in Egypt, she discovered that police brutality and torture crimes were rife in her country. But she also learnt that state and domestic brutality were issues largely ignored by mainstream media and so she decided she would have to act independently to report on and address this issue. Her blog, tortureinegypt.net, is one of 25 stories of ‘info-activism’ included in a documentary we have produced at Tactical Technology Collective called 10 Tactics for turning information into action. In the film Noha explains that her blog posts led to the release of a prisoner who’d been illegally detained for fourteen years. She says that tortureinegypt.net “is inspiring to other internet users, especially bloggers” because it has raised awareness and provided evidence of torture crimes in a way that had never been seen before in Egypt.