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Research Article

Social Media and Citizen Journalism in the 2009 Iranian Protests: The Case of Neda Agha-Soltan

Kathleen German*

Media Studies, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, USA

*Corresponding Author:
Kathleen German
Media Studies, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, USA
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Received Date: April 09, 2014; Accepted Date: May 27, 2014; Published Date: June 04, 2014

Citation: German K (2014) Social Media and Citizen Journalism in the 2009 Iranian Protests: The Case of Neda Agha-Soltan. J Mass Communicat Journalism 4:195. doi:10.4172/2165-7912.1000195

Copyright: © 2014 German K. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Abstract

Traditional scholarship on social movements and journalism could not envision the dramatic changes that emerging social media have brought to social uprisings. Social media technology have served to challenge cultures of control, simultaneously eroding barriers between public and private lives and promoting civic engagement of individuals in their societies. This chapter explores the implications of emerging social media employed by citizens during the disputed 2009 Iranian elections. It focuses on the use of social media including cell phones, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, blogs, and YouTube to spread information about the death of Neda Agha-Soltan and, as a result, coalesce anti-government protestors. Starting from the case of Neda Agha-Soltan, this chapter investigates how social media have changed the role of protestors functioning as citizen journalists in social movements.

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