With foreign journalists banned from the country and local journalists being prevented from travelling to the area, it’s hard to get a sense of how Libya’s pro-democracy protests are unfolding. Grainy mobile phone footage is almost the only eyewitness evidence we have.
Once again, citizen journalism is changing the game when it comes to reporting protest. Anybody who is interested scour the clips on YouTube. For experienced reporters who cannot get into the country, these clips also act as a type of source, providing fragmentary but powerful eyewitness accounts that they can weave into their own coverage.