Pakistani Reaches YouTube Video Challenge Finals

Faraz Siddiqui of Pakistan has made into the final round of Democracy Video Challenge on YouTube, an online video contest that builds a global discussion on democracy.

Siddiqui’s video ‘Democracy is the message by people’ was shortlisted by an independent jury in the semifinals along with other 18 contestants for public vote on YouTube, www.youtube.com/democracychallenge to decide the 6 final winners, one from each region.

People around the world can now vote for their favorite videos until midnight GMT on June 15, 2010. Winners will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Los Angeles, New York and Washington DC in September to claim the prize.

Since its launch two years ago, more than 1,600 people from 111 countries submitted entries and spurred the online engagement of at least 1.5 million people.

Siddiqui is up against two Nepalese contestants in the South and Central Asia region. Siddiqui belongs to Karachi and also runs a graphic design company called Collage.

Vote here: http://www.youtube.com/democracychallenge

The Democracy Video Challenge is a part of “Democracy is…,” a global conversation created by a unique public-private partnership that includes democracy and youth organizations, the film and entertainment industry, academia and the U.S. government. It leverages social networks and various creative tools to engage people around the world to share, consider, debate, and learn from diverse perspectives on democracy.

The Democracy Video Challenge is collectively organized by:

  • Center for International Private Enterprise
  • International Republican Institute
  • International Youth Foundation
  • National Democratic Institute
  • Motion Picture Association of America
  • NBC-Universal
  • Recording Industry Association of America
  • New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts
  • TakingITGlobal
  • University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism
  • U.S. Department of State
  • William Morris Endeavor
  • YouTube.

Via Express Tribune


  • no doubt the video is good if we compare it to other Pakistani participants, but i really don’t like the idea people holding the paper in their hands, it should be like a speech balloon or something like that.

  • Sori , i cannot see the video as the youtube is blocked at the offices in ptcl intra net . so cannot see all that

  • Good Work by Faraz, Internet users across Pakistan and around the world can now view and vote for the film till June 15, 2010.

    I must say Vote him, Support Him.

    Best of Luck Faraz Siddiqui!

    • hehe thats it i knew it was copied just couldnt figure out from where and wow how did i miss your comment O_o was it awaiting moderation or someting

  • this idea of video is not geniune i cant put my finger on it but ive definetly seen it before !

  • Amir Sir, I want to ask a question regarding Youtube copyright and fair use, If I use a video from youtube in my blog post with out the permission of author of video then it’s against the copyright ‘fair use’ law or not. If not then what are the condition of fair use here, as you have also used a video in this post is it under fair use or under CreativeCommons. And that all also apply on facebook and other social medias we all are doing this sharing with out permission.

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