Online activists laud social media with changing the world

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    Social media and online activism is changing global politics, holding governments and their leaders accountable in ways unthinkable before the Internet existed, activists said Friday.

    Speaking on the sidelines of a conference on Internet freedom in The Hague, two well-known activists from Syria and Thailand said by using social media, ordinary people could now hold political leaders responsible for their actions.

    During Syria’s violent crackdown on dissidents over the last eight months, “there have been thousands of (pieces of) evidence thanks to social media, not only to show the world, but also Syrians, of the crimes,” said Amjad Baiazy of Amnesty International.

    Due to face trial in Damascus on charges of “weakening the national resolve” with his online comments, Baiazy, 30, said the main benefit of social media was it gave everybody the chance to be a journalist.

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