"This is a text which me and my dear friend from the States recorded.we call it "CHATTER BOX".we decided to share our thoughts and needs here.I hope all the bloggers and people join us, so we can extend our point of views and make better days of humanity , freedom,joy , peace , love and happiness"...
1) How has the interaction of the internet changed how you and others communicate about daily happenings?
I don’t understand the part about the changes of internet, but I think you will get your answer after what I’m about to say. Most websites are built to serve a purpose of social connection, friend finders, or to get in touch with people form different side of the world. Facebook for example is one of these social network places which deliver news and information along with Twitter, YouTube, Blog, Flicker, and etc.
I don’t think internet can force the identity and activities of its users. Instead it’s the user’s activities and personalities which gives the internet an identity. Internet has lots of capabilities which can be used and defined per user’s daily needs. In addition to all the capabilities presented to us by internet, informing and finding ways from the long walls of limitation and censorship in Iran, nowadays internet has played and undeniable role.
The experience of the recent protests in Iran and the violation of human rights in other countries have proven that internet is dependent on human’s identity. Right when there is a case of violation of human identity, internet reflects the objections of people to the crime and violation.
We use every possible tools and friends, mobile phones to capture pictures and film an event, or by using internet to send news across the board to keep informing people on a daily basis and get their feedbacks. We try to avoid using journalism’s language and instead use ordinary people language to speak with them. Therefore, our work might be professional, but the language we use is far a way from the limitation and censorship of journalism connected to the government. And this is why our recipients are different.
2) If you could sum up your life motto in a few sentences, what would it be?
Few years ago, March 8th on women day; we started this slogan in Iran’s universities which I think has been the main focus of our fight against the existing situation; freedom, equality, human identity was our slogan on women’s day, which was the foundation of political analysis in Iran.
Freedom is an undeniable right of all human beings, unconditional sexual equality, social and rights is one of my slogan in definition of human rights which at the end human’s identity is my starting point and it gives me meaning to my fight and purpose for my political beliefs. Human identity in its depth denies any religious beliefs and nationalism and announces that human are made from human and any definition of human’s identity through religious beliefs are done by governments due to their fear of nations unity. Therefore, I think this is the one slogan which can express my beliefs.
3) I have read that you are a very important source for so many people when looking for news about Iran, does that affect how you present events and people?
At the beginning there were doubts that our reports and news are not reliable since we would present all the news taken by our own activists, but after a while this activity had a vast aspect.
We tired to report the news by including pictures and films taken from the events away from world’s media and government state TVs eyes. We got lots of attention from world’s media and human rights organizations right after the video of Neda Agha Soltan dying on the street was broadcasted on internet by us for the fist time.
After that we begin to get more attention and a mass support from all around the world. Currently the majority of people depend on our news and information and this becomes obvious to us when we see their reactions. If we make a smallest mistake such as a wrong date or title, they will contact us and questions us about it. This shows how much they pay attention to our work and how we play an important role in delivering news.
4) Lastly, I am wondering what inspired you to be so active in political events and what encourages you to share all of your experiences with others?
The hope for a better world and better living situations for human beings gives us energy and the power to continue. Our attitude is a reflection of the existing situation, and certainly in society where people are being putdown, hanged and stoned in masses such activities and activists grow and nourished.
The more aggression to human rights grows; the reaction of people around the world gets vast and deeper. With our activities we try to deliver the news to the people and we encourage them to be the voice to ask for their human rights. With providing more information, the society would step up to the plate on its own.
Therefore, the growth of communication and ways to inform people is one of our key goals. History has proven that these basic human rights such as gathering rights, protest and formation which we have lost lots of lives to it in Iran, was not born in one night in the western and European countries. It was a result of innumerable revelations and fights in the past decades which has been violated and threatened by governments. Therefore, we are fighting to gain our rights not as an Iranian, but as human and if such violation happens anywhere in the world it will faced with the same reaction.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
by: saeed valadbaygi at 1:34 AM