This week we have a special edition of the Listening Post – in which we hit pause, rewind and then play – on the story of the Arab revolutions.

It has been a bit more than six months since the Arab uprisings began. It started with a slow burn in Tunisia that then caught fire and swept through Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain, Libya and Syria.

For a media show like this one, there were myriad media angles to cover: embattled governments locking out reporters, shutting down the internet and phone networks, and blocking and jamming satellite television signals, protestors commandeering the web - turning social media into the most powerful subversive tool of our time.

And news outlets, caught in the middle, dealing with torrents of information and misinformation, and trying to make sense of it.

So we're breaking with our usual format this week and going with a full edition; a compilation of some of our previous reports that we've turned into a chronology of the media side of the Arab revolution story.


Listening Post can be seen each week at the following times GMT: Saturday: 0830, 1930; Sunday: 1430; Monday: 0430.

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Source: Al Jazeera