Student looks to Twitter to help journalists in trouble

James Buck, an American graduate student who used the Twitter micro blogging service to notify his friends on the site when he was being detained in an Egyptian Jail, is now using Twitter and other online efforts to free his translator, Mohammed Maree, who was jailed on the same day.

James Buck, an American graduate student who used the Twitter micro blogging service to notify his friends on the site when he was being detained in an Egyptian Jail, is now using Twitter and other online efforts to free his translator, Mohammed Maree, who was jailed on the same day.

Buck's online efforts include capitalizing on his 570-friend Twitter network by posting numerous updates, as well as blog posts on his Web site, and an electronic petition.

According to an article on CNN.com, Buck is looking to expand his efforts to help other journalists who are working overseas. He is speaking with organizations like Human Rights Watch and the Committee to Protect Journalists, about the creation of a specific Twitter network that would allow users to alert others if they were in danger.

“What this shows us is that we the people can harness an incredible power against oppressors by simply communicating with each other," Buck said, in the CNN article. "It shows the power in unity through technology."

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