Awards


In 2011, nawaat has won three major awards as a recognition for the work it has done before and during the Tunisian revolution.

The Reporters Without Borders Netizen Prize:

It played a crucial role in covering the social and political unrest in Tunisia that began on December 17 [2010]. The site created a special page for the WikiLeaks revelations about Tunisia, and another one about the recent events in Sidi Bouzid, which were not covered in the traditional media. It also warns Internet users about the dangers of being identified online and offers advice about circumventing censorship – The Reporters Without Borders

The Index on Censorship Award:

The TuniLeaks cables revealed the extent of the corruption deeply entrenched in many aspects of Tunisian life. Despite attempts to block the site, news of the cables being released swiftly spread around the country and Nawaat helped informal media networks link communities that had been cut off by government censors.

Nawaat highlights how important transparency is in a country like Tunisia, where citizens had for so many years been cut off from vital information and dialogue – Index On Censorship

The EFF 2011 Pioneer Award:

Nawaat.org played a crucial role in covering the social and political unrest in Tunisia last winter, which ended in the toppling of Ben Ali’s regime. Nawaat disseminated day-by-day user-generated news about the uprising and helped bridge the gap between international mainstream media and citizen journalists and activists by aggregating and contextualizing information spread through social media- The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)

Nawaat declined the Arab eContent Award 2011

In May 2011, Nawaat won the Arab eContent Award 2011, in the e-Inclusion & Participation category which is an initiative of the The World Summit Award (WSA). But nawaat declined to attend the Bahrain IT Expo 2011 Opening Ceremony to receive the award from Shaikh Mohammed Bin Mubarak Al Khalifa, Bahrain’s Deputy Prime Minister, Chairman of the Supreme Committee for Information Technology and Communications, in protest against the Bahrain’s Internet filtering practices, the arrest of scores of bloggers and human rights activists and the arbitrary blocking of hundreds of websites and blogs that are critical of the Bahraini government and its ruling family.