TEHRAN, Dec. 15 (Mehr News Agency) - An innovative media group has planned to cover fully the Arbaeen 2013 religious festival in virtual networks in an attempt to depict the beauties and attractions of the greatest human gathering.
A 17-million people gathering. Only few days to Imam Hussein (as) Arbaeen (the 40th day of his martyrdom), still collects the greatest congregation of Imam's mourners as the world's greatest gathering; a gathering much larger in scope, the distance walked, and the population participating than the Hajj pilgrimage itself.
According to estimations by Karbala governor, the number of population travelling the city for pilgrimage was 17 million, showing a 400 per cent rise compared to that in 8 years ago. This is almost 4 times greater than the number of Muslims congregating during Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. But the thing is that, a congregation so large, and a ceremony so grand in scope, has found little coverage in web and social networks; even, in some cases, has found disproportionate coverage. To examine this fact, go and search in Google for words like 'Arbaeen,' 'Mourning,' and 'Shiite.' You would find a great host of pictures depicting people cutting their head using cutlass; bloodshed, and other abominations released on the web with the objective of defile Shiite image around the world by the extremist groups.
Now, a young and innovative group has decided to convert this Arbaeen into a media leap, a news bomb in the cyberspace. They have planned to cover the Arbaeen by recruiting many photographers, cameramen, and journalist to Iraq's important religious cities which attract large number of pilgrims to reflect the event of Arbaeen and the multi-million gathering of mourners of Imam Hussein (as) through photos, videos, twits, and other postings in cyber networks. For example, massive Shiite walking on foot from Basra to Najaf and from there to Karbala would find coverage by next few days by an active online team, which intends to overwhelm the cyberspace media with large number of photos, videos, and twits, by this great event, and depict the true face of Shiite mourners to the world.
This year, a media group comprising of photographers, documentary film producers, writers, etc., will set off to Karbala to cover this great festival on internet and social networks especially for non-Iranian users. The media group would release and share images, videos, and reports of the event online through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, and Google+ with other social networks and insider Iranian websites such as Aparat, Cloob, and Lenzor; Iran's state TV and Radio, and foreign news agencies, websites, and daily newspapers. The media group has called users of the social networks and Arbaeen mourners to establish the most visited and liked social network pages and to make international the Shiite movement in Arbaeen.
Along with their activity, some websites and pages created in social networks would support and cover the greatest human gathering of the world.
The following are especially for Arbaeen 2013:
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