Tunisian, Egyptian bloggers win European award
By Rizwan Khatik - Sat Oct 08, 5:51 am
Manama: Lina Bin Mhenni, the Tunisian blogger who was nominated for the Nobel Prize, and Wael Ghonim, the Egyptian blogger, have won the International Columnists Award presented by the Spanish daily El Mundo.
“Bin Mehnni and Ghonim represent the importance that free journalism and the rise of new technologies have had on the ‘Arab spring’,” the daily said.
“Lina Bin Mhenni, professor in Tunisia rose to fame for her blog ‘A Tunisian girl’ and its coverage of the riots in this North African country. She used her page to defend human rights and freedom of expression. Thus, she earned the name ‘blogger of the revolution’,” the paper said.
According to El Mundo, Wael Ghonim is one of the most active voices in the
“Ghonim went from head of marketing at Google for the Middle East and North Africa to one of the key figures of the Egyptian revolution. He was well known on Twitter and Facebook and his comments gained strength in Tahrir Square and weighed in the accusations of treason against the regime of Hosni Mubarak.”
The jury for the award was led by the editors of four of Europe’s most influential newspapers, Pedro J. Ramirez, editor of El Mundo, Ferruccio De Bortoli, editor of the Italian “Corriere della Sera”, Alan Rusbridger, editor of “The Guardian” and Demorand Nicolas, editor of the French daily “Libération”.