Now that people of Egypt have shown the world that the Arab world in not filled with indifferent people who are too busy with religion to care about their country, the sweeping winds of political and social changes is spreading across the region. Could Saudi Arabia be next?
At Twitter, Saudi women are quietly organizing a silent protest. #saudiwomenrevolution is growing and new posts are every minute, in support of more rights for Saudi women and political changes in the country.
Saudi women are barred from driving, by law they are treated as "household property" of the male guardian-father, husband, brother or son and the country has strict segregation laws which has limited employment and education opportunities for the women.
To end this oppressive system, they are voicing their opinions on Twitter and Facebook. Changes in Egypt and Tunisia also had their roots in growing social media world and the blogs also played a big role. Saudi women are certainly quick to understand the power and reach of new media technology.
But where does the traditional media fit in this equation? Compared to the new media-Twitter, Facebook, blogs and e-newspapers, traditional media has been much more hesitant and cautious about following "revolutions". They tend to get in only when the news has already got out. In case of Saudi women's call for change, no major international or regional media is talking and some are even allowing op-ed writers to ask whether changes in the region could be bad for women's rights before the papers covers the call for change.
Yes, we cannot forget that traditional media and journalists have much more demanding code of ethics and conduct expectations, but what good is the media if it regularly misses out on the big changes and instead safely stays at home providing more coverage to the celebrity news?