Newsletter No 5 03 November 2005
News from the Media Scene:
Nominees for Best Arab Weblog Announced

The German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle has announced the final nominees for its Weblog Awards 2005 “Best of the blogs”. Eight Arab blogs compete for the “Best Weblog in Arabic” prize, while two more have been nominated for the “Freedom of Expression” category. Winners will be announced on 21 November.

The “Freedom of Expression” category is for Weblogs that take a strong stance for freedom of information all over the world, and is sponsored by Reporters Without Borders.

The two Arab blogs competing for this special award are “Manal and Alaa Bit Bucket” (, an Egyptian blog promoting free expression and human rights, and “Yahyaoui” (, the blog of former Tunisian judge Mokhtar Yahyaoui, currently on a hunger strike in protest against President Ben Ali’s repressive policies. Yahyaoui is one of Tunisia's leading political dissidents and the uncle of cyber-dissident Zouhair Yahyaoui, who passed away earlier this year.

The public is invited to vote for their favorite for the User Prize. The deadline for voting is 20 November. Links to the nominated blogs can be found on the contest website.

More than 100 weblogs will be judged by the Internet community in 13 different categories. The international jury consists of 12 independent journalists, media experts and blog experts.

To visit the website of the contest, go to: