Nawaat

Nawwat.org is a collective, independent blog run by Tunisians. It is a platform that features the work of those that, through citizen engagement, take the floor and broadcast their voices. Nawaat's editorial choices are "guided by the preoccupations that affect the everyday life of our compatriots and those like us."

Launched in 2004, Nawaat has been described as an 'alternative' news source on Tunisia. Nawaat's editors write, "conscious that the conquest for liberty is a struggle to be led everyday and in total independence, the blog of Nawaat is independent of every association, organization or government and receive no public subsidy and is not financed by any political party."

The site also features the famous "Tunileaks" coverage, which republishes all Wikileaks related to Tunisia. It was specifically for this Tunileaks coverage that the site won the 2011 Google-sponsored 'Index on Censorship Media Award.'  After accepting the award, Sami Ben Gharbia, a co-founder of Nawwat, said, "This award is very important to us. It is given to us the very year we are celebrating the Tunisian revolution and seven years of our existence as a collective blog, which was censored from its launch by Ben Ali’s regime.”

The site also received the 2011 Netizen Prize from the International Reporters Without Borders organization. The Reporters Without Borders coverage of the award describes the grantee as a "Netizen - a blogger, online journalist or cyber-dissident - who has helped to promote freedom of expression on the Internet." An independent jury of press specialists selected Nawaat for the 2011 prize, from a group of finalists including Bahrain, Belarus, Thailand, China and Vietnam.

American professor Robert Prince, lecturer in international studies at the University of Denver and occasional contributor to Nawaat, described his first encounter with Nawaat thus: "During the Ben Ali-Trabelsi dictatorship, `Nawaat’ provided an outlet for (what I consider) some of the most thoughtful and accurate critiques of the Tunisian political landscape. I came upon it by accident – as one often does doing a `Google’ search, but once I found it several years ago, returned to almost daily."