Sunday, September 24, 2006

Short of a quote? Use a blogger

"The National Day is a time of pride and joy, but it is also a time to read our history and think about the future," a blogger known as Saudi Jeans wrote on Saturday.

Now what is important about this is that it related to a Reuters story.

Saudi Arabians celebrated their National Day for only the second year on Saturday, an innovation in a country that has long discouraged national patriotism because of its commitment to Islam.

The festivities began on Friday and continued into the early hours of Saturday in the streets of Riyadh, which were jam-packed as men drove cars festooned with Saudi flags. State television celebrated the occasion all day long.

"Formerly there were religious strictures against celebrating National Day. There was a fear it would come to resemble religious festivals like Eid al-Fitr or Eid al-Adha," said writer Hamza al-Mozainy.

These were the only two quotes for a heavy wight article.

Bloggers have a range of roles and being up there with the sources for journalists is one of them. A PR ambition if ever there was one.