Tuesday, February 08, 2011
The extraordinary TV interview of Wael Ghonim, the Google executive who was imprisoned in Egypt
The much overused phrase "must see TV" is usually empty hype. Not this time. If you want to really get a feeling for the events in Egypt, watch this interview of Wael Ghonim, the Google executive and pro-democracy activist who went missing for 12 days and turned out to have been picked up by the security service. He was interviewed by Mona El Shazly, host of a popular talk show on the Dream TV channel in Egypt. The first part is Mona El Shazly's summary of the events leading up to and surrounding Wael's disappearance. The following clips are her interview with Wael. It's some of the most emotionally powerful television I have ever seen.
The video clips are in Arabic, but if you click the CC button at the bottom of the screen, you'll get English subtitles.
I wouldn't do the interview justice if I tried to summarize it. If you'd like to see a written summary, here's one account that does a pretty good job. But, really, just watch the videos.