Tunisia: EU, Lina Ben Mhenni prize for freedom of expression

In honour of blogger symbolic of Jasmine Revolution

25 May, 18:37

    (ANSAmed) - TUNIS, MAY 25 - The EU Delegation to Tunisia announced it has created the "Lina Ben Mhenni Prize for Freedom of Expression" in memory and in honour of the well-known blogger, journalist, champion of free speech and human rights activist who died in January at age 36 of an autoimmune disease.

    "The best productions reinforcing these values and rights, namely the freedom of expression and social and economic rights, will be rewarded," said the EU Delegation (EUD) to Tunisia on its website.

    It said the EUD will offer the first winner the opportunity to take part in the EU Visitors Programme 2021 in Brussels and will offer presents to the two other winners.

    The EUD said the initiative above all pays tribute to one of the most singular and free voices that Tunisia has witnessed in recent years, an icon of the Tunisian revolution, a famous blogger and whistleblower, whose birthday is celebrated on May 22. "This initiative also supports the evolving Tunisian media landscape and is open to freethinkers, journalists, bloggers, influencers and other citizen activists working for free, independent and reliable information," it said.

    On World Press Freedom Day on May 3, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell said, "In times of uncertainty, more than ever, access to reliable fact-checked information, that is free from undue interference and influence, is crucial and contributes to a more resilient society". "That was also Lina's belief in her defence of just causes with courage and responsibility," the EUD to Tunisia said.

    "We celebrate her memory and our common values and hope many people will participate in this competition," it said.(ANSAmed).

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