The Green Wave – Debate Internet and protests

Green Wave, The
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woensdag 30 maart 2011 - 21:00

Following the documentary Farid Haerinejad, political scientist/writer Monique Samuel and Sahand Sahebdivani debate about the role of Internet in the wave of protests across the Middle East. The debate is led by journalist Eefje Blankevoort.

The Green Wave tells the story of one of the first protests in which social media played a crucial role. Iranian demonstrators used blogs and tweets to reveal the events as they unfolded. While the Iranian government resorted to extreme violence, it did not succeed in controlling the insurgency on the nternet.

Journalist, documentary filmmaker and blogger Farid Haerinejad was born in the Iranian capital Tehran, he is now working as editor in chief of Radio Zamaneh, a Persian radio station established in Amsterdam.

Iranian writer, musician and storyteller Sahand Sahebdivani is known for the cultural breeding place Mezrab and the gypsy band ‘Caspian Hat Dance'. As a little boy, Sahand was marvelled by the stories his father told him about his grandparents. The journeys he makes now serve as a source of inspiration for his own stories, which transports listeners and readers into an imaginative world.

Monique Samuel is political scientist, columnist and writer. She wrote two books Voorbij de Horizon, Bruiswater (Beyond the Horizon, Sparkling Water) and Allah weet het Beter (Allah Knows Better) and publishes regularly in national newspapers, is an active blogger and publishes columns at various websites.


As a partner of production company Prospektor, Eefje van Blankevoort draws up numerous reports that use written and photographic material to convey their message. Over the last years, the journalist spent many months in Iran to study, write articles, work on her book about Iran called ‘Stiekem kan hier alles' and archive documents for the International Institute of Social History.