My Speech for the “Silent Protest to Support Yemen” Event

The location that I attended for the silent protest to support Yemen was in New York.

Text of the speech:

Good Afternoon,

Today we stand in solidarity with the Yemeni people. This media blackout is killing their uprising! This media blackout is killing their hope and prolonging their suffering! This silence is LITERALLY killing them!

In Washington D.C, In Michigan, California, Paris, London, Cairo, Amman and Berlin-we are all saying ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!

Where are the journalists? Why are we relying on Twitter feeds for late breaking news? Why are we relying on Facebook to find out the latest casualty count? Who will honor these unknown heroes for their coverage? Certainly NOT the silent mainstream media!

We all know that if the mainstream media did cover the Yemeni Revolution, the Yemeni people would be free of that dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh! If they did do their job, they could’ve helped prevent the deaths of hundreds! They could’ve eased the suffering of millions! They could’ve simple done their damn job!

And if they manage to do their job, it’s only because an obscene number of people have to die in order to get their attention! When over 160 people died and 800 were wounded, they noticed!

They finally started covering what we’ve seen and felt all along. For eight months, this has been happening! Do we have to wait till another massacre of 160 people happens to qualify for 30 seconds on the nightly news?!

Citizen Journalism is not enough! As much as we are angry with the mainstream media for their neglect, we need their help. As the saying goes “One hand cannot clap by itself.” So we gather here and all over the world today, so that CNN, NBC and Al-Jazeera, etc, can right their WRONGS! We’re here to tell them “do your damn job!!!”

Just simply…

Do. Your. Damn. Job!


About Summer Nasser
Blogger, with Yemeni roots based in New York City. Student of Sociology (B.A.) with a focus on the country of Yemen. I would consider myself a student of knowledge.

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