// CGCS Media Wire in association with the Iran Media Program provide a look into Persian Cyberspace’s mixed reactions to human rights activist and lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh’s recent hunger strike as well as the impacts of Hurricane Sandy through social networking platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Google+.
Reposted with thanks and permission from the Iran Media Program blog.
Persian cyberspace report: Iranian netizens react to Nasrin Sotoudeh’s recent hunger strike; discuss Hurricane Sandy
Two weeks ago, Iranian human rights activist and lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh started organizing a hunger strike in reaction to the restrictions imposed upon her family and the mistreatment of political prisoners by Iranian authorities.
Sotoudeh won the Sakharov prize from European Union with Jafar Panahi, an Iranian director who has been detained and convicted to prison.
Iranian cyberspace has shown overwhelming support for Mrs. Sotoudeh through social networking websites such as Facebook, Twitter and Google+. London-based activist Mohammad Reza Jalaeipour, suggested that supporters change their profile pictures to an image of a flower (nasrin in Persian) on social networks in support of Sotoudeh’s hunger strike.
But, as always, there was also some networked criticism of supporting Sotoudeh’s cause online.
Iranian women’s rights activist Soudeh Rad posted an objection to Jalaeipour’s suggestion: “this should not just be a campaign to use a flower for her profile picture – This flower has wrongly replaced Mrs. Sotoudeh. Mrs. Sotoudeh has her own picture and this is nothing more than misrepresenting a warrior lady and covering her behind a flower.”