Freedom’s Painful Price

Bombarding Tahrir Square, just after the resigning of Egyptian President Mubarak, countless women activists were arrested and stripped of their confidence in the Egyptian Army.

Reporter Nicholas D. Kristof for New York Times breaks down the story of a young women named Salwa al-Housiny Gouda who was arrested for her outrage against President Mubarak. The 20-year-old hair dresser was fighting for her and her peoples rights, and what she got was hers taken away. After her arrest along with 18 other women, the army who has taken the role of the police, beat and physically and emotionally abused these women. The women were held for a few days and on the second day they were forced to strip naked and have a virginity test in a public area. If the test was failed, the women were going to be charged for being prostitutes. Humiliated and betrayed by the army, people wonder if the Egyptian revolution has gone too far.

Kristof does a worthy job of presenting the visual picture to the audience. Supplying the listener with a few but detailed background sentences, keeping it short and sweet, then cutting right to the interview with the young activist.

The interview with Gouda is description and sentimental forcing the emotion on the listener. Kristof also uses a deep soft monotone voice to set the mood for the sorrowful story.

Kristof uses simple camera quality but still presenting his story in an impact full manor. Cutting to video clips and vivid imagery the video follows his script perfectly. Overall, Kristof does a pretty good job of presenting the detailed story into a short but informative broadcast video.


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