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Shahbag Outcry

by Christian Prokopp on February 15th, 2013

The news is fresh and details are only emerging about the murder of Ahmed Rajib Haider Shuvo, a blogger involved in the Shahbag protest. In today’s world we can view immediately online the outcry this provokes. Last week I wrote about the online echo on Twitter the Shahbag protest had. This time I am taking a snapshot of Twitter just after the news of the murder broke to illustrate how quickly such an event spreads.

Twitter, 00:20 Dhaka time (16/02/2013)

The following visualisations illustrate the current and recent conversations and interactions online on Twitter about Shahbag just after the news about Shuvo’s killing emerged.

The Twitter stream for Shahbag instantly fills with tweets about the killing of the blogger.

The Twitter stream for Shahbag instantly fills with tweets about the killing of the blogger.

The conversations and interactions around Shahbag exploded.

The conversations and interactions around Shahbag exploded.

Messages about the killing of the blogger are at the core of the conversations.

Messages about the killing of the blogger are at the core of the conversations.

Some of the current profiles active in the conversation.

Some of the current profiles active in the conversation.

@AJStream post reverberates on Twitter, 06:50 Dhaka time (16/02/2013)

Al Jazeera report about the killing sparks Twitter discussions.

Al Jazeera report about the killing sparks Twitter discussions.

 

#Shabag remains a domestic topic, 15:30 Dhaka time (16/02/2013)

#Shahbag, despite more international media coverage, stays a local topic. It is predominant in Bangladesh and has some resonance in Great Britain, probably due to the large Bangladeshi community there. In Bangladesh the most active topics are #Shahbag and related messages.

The #Shahbag topic on Twitter is purely a domestic event.

The #Shahbag topic on Twitter is purely a domestic event (trendsmap.com).

The current trending topics in Bangladesh are #Shahbag or strongly associated with it.

The current trending topics in Bangladesh are #Shahbag or strongly associated with it (trendsmap.com).

 

Shahbag Funeral, 18:30 Dhaka time (16/02/2013)

The funeral of the killed blogger, expectedly, resounded strongly on Twitter.

shahbag-stream-funeral

shahbag-revisit-funeral

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This article was written as part of a regular column by Christian Prokopp for the Clickittefaq.com daily online newspaper.


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