Industry: Culture and society
Designation: Blogger and activist
Lina Ben Mhenni’s English and Arabic language blog, A Tunisian Girl, was propelled into the international spotlight during the political unrest that toppled her country’s longstanding President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Ben Mhenni’s blog published photographs and videos of those injured during the country’s unrest, taken during her regular trips to hospitals. During the Tunisian Revolution, Ben Mhenni acted as a volunteer correspondent for the international media, including France 2 and France 24.
She is currently an assistant lecturer in linguistics at Tunis University, and also writes for Global Voices Online. In addition, Ben Mhenni has been awarded the Deutsche Welle International Blog Award and the El Mundo International Journalism Prize.