Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

Phelps flops in man v shark challenge

Read more

THE DEBATE

Jerusalem Crisis: Who will play the peacemaker?

Read more

FOCUS

How Senegal is leading the fight against AIDS in West Africa

Read more

EUROPE NOW

A year of crucial elections in Europe

Read more

ENCORE!

Music show: Blues legend Lucky Peterson & Lollapalooza Paris

Read more

EUROPE NOW

One year after Brexit, where is the EU headed?

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Oil-producing nations meet as cracks emerge in production deal

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Head of French armed forces quits; Six months of President Trump

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Man vs Shark: Michael Phelps loses 'race' to great white

Read more

Business

Blogger wins freedom of speech prize

Text by Tony Todd

Latest update : 2011-03-11

Blogger Riadh Guerfali's website gave Tunisians a voice and access to uncensored information. Nawaat.org had a huge influence during a revolution the shock waves of which have reached all corners of the Arab world.

“Building a free Internet isn’t the hard part – the hard part is creating jobs,” according to prizewinning Tunisian blogger Riadh Guerfali.

Better known online by his pen name “Astrubal”, Guerfali receives on Friday the NetCitizen prize for his work to promote freedom of expression on the Internet. The prize is awarded by French press freedom campaigners Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and Internet giant Google.

Guerfali's website nawaat.org, a collective of Tunisian bloggers created in 2004, played a crucial role in covering the social and political unrest in Tunisia since last December.

It has published information on Tunisia from the whistle-blowing website Wikileaks, as well as practical advice on how not to be identified by authorities when sharing information online.

Guerfali insists that the Tunisian uprising owes much to the explosion in communications technologies, but that it was much more than just a few people using social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook.

“It was everything: the Internet, mobile phones and TV channels like France 24 participated in what happened,”
 

Date created : 2011-03-10

  • SAUDI ARABIA

    Cyber activists call for 'Day of Anger' to protest arrest of Shiite cleric

    Read more

  • CHINA

    China cracks down on protests inspired by Arab revolts

    Read more

  • EGYPT

    Egyptians find loophole to government web blackout

    Read more

COMMENT(S)