The social medium is a double-edged weapon that can be used to impact multifarious objectives, both inside cyberspace and outside it.
of social media while debating social and political issues. This generated extreme public rage as this was considered an infringement of constitutional rights and individual liberty. In the Maldives a personal blog was shut down by the Communications Authority of the Maldives in November 2011 on grounds of promoting religio-political sentiments.
To the contrary, governments in Bhutan, Nepal and Bangladesh do not pay heed to the matter because and Freedom of Expression held in Nepal, participants from all over the region signed a joint petition to highlight the importance of social media and how it can strengthen democracy in their respective countries.
The dilemma is that governments have now realized that people are capable of organizing themselves online to create an impact offline. The fact is that the inverse flow of expertise and opinion no longer startles governments to the core. No one can deny
Often, ideas and opinions can only be countered by other ideas and opinions. The public must be allowed to have their say and set their agendas because the more such objectives surface, the more dialogue will be created. And that would be the absolute accomplishment! Shairose Ukanji has studied Advertising and Public Relations and is a freelance contributor to national dailies.