• “I had to manage the teams’s
    frustrations, fears, performance and
    professionalism. Moreover, I was
    responsible for their personal security
    with every new assignment I gave them
    while; in fact, none of us was qualified
    to face what we had to face.”
    Nora Younis is a human rights activist, journalist, and blogger. Also the
    founder of the first WebTV in the Arab World and the website managing
    editor of Al Masry Al Youm independent daily.
    Nora joined AlMasry corporation in 2008 with the assignment to create a
    multimedia department and a converged unit within AlMasry AlYoum print
    Coming from a blogger / activist background, Nora recruited a tiny core
    team of independent, rights driven, young editors and video journalists in
    parallel to designing and delivering a training program for print edition
    reporters on video journalism using pocket video cameras. Soon the
    experience was yielding success, the small cameras and passionate team
    were able to introduce to the Arab world unprecedented investigative video
    reports, and close footage right from the heart of struggles.
    Nora\'s demanding job with Al Masry Media Corporation took her away from
    both blogging and activism. Her leading position forced her to put clear
    lines between journalism and activism in order to be able to convey these
    values to the teams she lead. "Except when it comes to free press and
    human rights" she says, believing those are important biases to keeping
    ones\' integrity and fulfill their obligations to humanity.
    As Rights activist, Nora won the Human Rights First (HRF) thirtieth
    anniversary award in 2008 in recognition for her work using new media
    tools to expose human rights violations and police brutality.
    When she started blogging in 2005 her focus was filling the information
    vacuum on protest movement and rights violations in Egypt. Before twitter
    came to being, she was sending mass text messages to activists, lawyers,
    and reporters informing them of rallies, arrests, state violence and police
    Reporting…A Revolution
    brutality. With Twitter getting well established in Egypt she moved into
    video reporting in and outside Cairo via her blog. Nora\'s most famous
    coverage include the killing of more than 27 man, woman and child
    Sudanese and African refugees when the police raided a 2000 refugees\' sit
    in camp outside UNHCR Cairo office in 2006, also her online campaigns for
    citizenship rights of the Bahaie religious minority in Egypt, as well as textile
    workers strike in city of Mahalla in 2006 that grew into nationwide strikes
    calling for ousting former president Mubarak.
    In May 2005, Nora stood witness to a mass sexual assault to women
    protesters rallying against constitutional amendments put forward by
    former president Mubarak to entrench his power and pave the way for his
    son Gamal as successor. The assault was carried by Mubarak\'s supporters
    and facilitated by high rank police officers present at crime scene. This
    event, and further police violations Nora witnessed and reported, building
    up all the way to the police violence during the Egyptian revolution,
    led Nora to study the police reform experience in post-soviet Georgia and
    bring derived lessons back to Egypt.
    Nora was born in Cairo in 1977, studied English Literature, married and is
    a mother of 18 months boy; Murad.

  • Al Masry Media Corporation.2011