Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

WEB NEWS

Online scammers exploit MH17 crash

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Too many graphic images from Gaza ?

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Gaza: online reactions

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Rise of the Robots

Read more

FOCUS

Overfishing and the global appetite for bluefin tuna: can Tokyo turn the tide?

Read more

DEBATE

Israel-Gaza, From Bad to Worse? With no Ceasefire in Sight, Conflict Spillover Felt Elsewhere (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Israel-Gaza, From Bad to Worse? With no Ceasefire in Sight, Conflict Spillover Felt Elsewhere

Read more

EUROPE NOW

Best of Europe Now (Part 1)

Read more

ENCORE!

Clapton pays hommage to 'Cocaine' songwriter J.J. Cale

Read more

  • US, UK oppose France’s warship sale to Russia

    Read more

  • Israeli soldier missing in Gaza, says media reports

    Read more

  • Ukraine rebels release bodies, black boxes from flight MH17

    Read more

  • A call for harmony in riot-hit ‘Little Jerusalem’ suburb of Paris

    Read more

  • An ‘explosion of violence’: French press reacts to Gaza protests

    Read more

  • Notorious ‘VIP’ prison in Paris closed for renovations

    Read more

  • Christians in Iraq's Mosul face execution or exodus

    Read more

  • Scores killed as Libyan militias fight over airport

    Read more

  • Ukraine football players refuse to return home after friendly in France

    Read more

  • China steps up communist education to guard against ‘moral decline’

    Read more

  • France slams ‘anti-Semitic’ violence at pro-Palestinian rally

    Read more

  • French rugby stars attacked with machetes and swords

    Read more

  • Hollande announces new military operation in West Africa

    Read more

  • Kristoff wins Tour’s flat Stage 15

    Read more

Business

Blogger wins freedom of speech prize

Video by Tony Todd

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)