I worked at IslamOnline for eight years. I started my career as a journalist with them. I occupied several positions within the institution: freelance writer, science editor, managing science editor, deputy editor-in-chief of English website, and director of communications. I left IslamOnline in 2008, but I have continued to be in touch with my friends and colleagues ever since. Anyone who has worked with or even visited IslamOnline will know that IslamOnline is a family.
I am inviting journalists in Egypt to show their support for the workers at IslamOnline by visiting the strikers on Thursday, March 25, at noon. I extend this invitation in my personal capacity as Nadia El-Awady and not in any professional capacity I currently occupy. I extend this invitation regardless of the very confusing circumstances that surround what’s happening at IslamOnline and why.
I ask you to join the workers; the workers who went to their office one morning nine days ago to suddenly learn that they were at risk of losing their jobs in two weeks’ time. I ask you to join the workers who have worked for ten years, providing content that has been followed by millions. You do not need to support the content itself to support the concept. And the concept, in my opinion, is the possibility of a unique media project disappearing from the Internet, or changing from what those workers had made it into.
I invite you to join the workers of IslamOnline in their strike by visiting their office in the 6th of October City in Egypt on Thursday, March 25 at noon.
Their address is:
West of Somid,Land Piece 7, 6th of October City
More information will be posted on the IslamOnline’s workers’ blog IslamOnline.net Voice for those interested. I am happy to take anyone wishing to go from Haram with me in my car.
See you there!
Very nice idea. But I wonder where is the reaction of the Journalists Syndicate?. The freedoms committee there didn’t react yet?. Weird really if not.
I want to share another thought. Someone on twitter suggested the the IslamOnline staff prepares to launch a new parallel website to guarantee that the message of IslamOnline will remain alive. I’m afraid if the Qatari plot succeeded, the people at IOL will go away and disappear. Do they have that idea in mind ?