Civil Cyberwar

Social media and political activism


The social media around the world has given human rights activists a whole new way of communicating.

Even in the impoverished Cambodia local activist are using Facebook and Twitter to document abuses and injustice. And it works.

Meet video photographer Kim Heng, who’s footage have helped to release a large group of female activists struggling against land theft – and meet the Buddhist “multimedia monk”, which filmed his his own arrest with spy glasses during a demonstration.


With more than a half billion people online – China is the world’s largest Internet nation.

And on Weibo – the Chinese answer to Facebook and Twitter, the Chinese manifests themselves more sharp and critical than ever before.

Embark on a travel in the digital China and meet some of the most controversial bloggers, and see what is possible to write and upload from a Weibo account before the Chinese censorship shut it down.


Had it not been for Youtube, Facebook and Twitter the story of Egyptian activist Samira Ibrahim may never come to light.

A few months after the legendary Egyptian revolution, she was arrested in the street of Cairo and subjected to a “virginity test” by the military.

Unlike other women who were exposed to the same humiliation, she fought back, and today she has become an important symbol for the young activists in Egypt.


  • Director & Producer:

    Jakob Gottschau

  • Director:

    Poul Kjar

  • Producer:

    Felicity Willetts

  • Assistant Director:

    Emanuel Andreoli

  • Research:

    Peter Andrew Lee

  • Photo:

    Emanuel Andreoli, Jakob Gottschau, Peter Andrew Lee. Poul Kjar

  • Film Editing:

    Thomas Papapetros, Torben Ager Andersen, Daniel Valencia

  • Music:

    Niels Mosumgaard

  • DR Editor:

    Else Bro Thuestad

  • Executive Producer DR:

    Ole Hjortdal

  • Support:

    Nordvisionsfonden, DANIDA, DR, YLE and SRF