Sudan’s Revolution and the Digital Revolution (2)

Dr. Elshafie Khidir Saeid

Just as the digital revolution and its means of social communication played an essential role in the outbreak and victory of the popular movements in many countries, such as the Arab Spring revolutions and the December revolution in Sudan, counter-revolutionary circles use them to obstruct or reverse the path of change and to liquidate its revolutionary content, especially during the critical moments leading to social conflicts that always erupt when the first stage of the change is completed, for example immediately after the overthrowing of the previous regime, and when starting implementing the slogans and programs of the revolution.

In Sudan, and in light of the severe crisis that is engulfing our country today to the point of suffocation, counter-revolutionary circles inside the country, as well as foreign hostile intelligence services that are disturbed by the change in Sudan, seek to build social media accounts and digital platforms with fake names through which destructive anti-revolutionary ideas, rumors, and lies are transmitted, and also they seek to assassinate the characters of the leaders of the popular movement as well as of the politically and socially influential national figures who adopt the goals of the revolution.

If the activities of counter-revolutionary circles and hostile foreign intelligence through social media are understandable, justified, and expected, then the biggest mistake that causes great damage is our unconscious, sometimes naive, dealing with the contents of these media. For example, the media often bring news or information of dangerous proportions, but without referring to a specific source and only put phrases like “reliable sources reported” or “circulating among certain political circles” or “breaking news…”, and unfortunately, we read focusing on the contents of the news without giving needed attention to the fact that the source or the reference is not there.

And according to this content, we engage in arguments that distract us from the real important issues, while the news is either fabricated or poison tucked in honey, or serves the purposes of this or that party. Take, for example, the widely circulating fake news these days on social media throwing many names as official candidates for the Prime minister-ship without mentioning any source but only attributed to “our sources learned” or “the news reported…”!

It is known that until this moment, there has been no consensus about the nature and composition of the body that will choose the prime minister, yet our unconscious dealings with the media news turned to discussing and analyzing each name of the nominated personalities, while these nominations may have come as a result of personal wishes and dreams of the media pioneers, or are just test balloons thrown by certain circles, or they may be thrown deliberately to politically burn some of these nominees, as long as the source of the nomination is not mentioned.

Unfortunately, in this malpractice of social media, we do not pay attention to the fact that the main dilemma in the current Sudanese crisis is how to choose the prime minister, not his name, and on what constitutional basis he/she and his/her government will be chosen, and what program this government will implement. I do believe that reducing the current crisis by just naming the prime minister without addressing the essence of the crisis manifested in the repercussions of the 25th of October 2021coup, and before adopting a new political agreement and a new constitutional document, is a disregard for the revolution and an underestimation of the values of the sacrifice of its martyrs, and in practice, this will not achieve any stability, rather, the crisis will become more suffocating.

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