Esra'a Al Shafei

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Esra'a al-Shafei "a blogger from Bahrain, is the co-founder of Mideast Youth and its associated projects. She also runs aimed to free a jailed friend and fellow blogger", Kareem Amer. [1] She is a 2009 TED Fellow, an Echoing Green Fellow, the recipient of the Berkman Award and an Atlas Economic Research Foundation award.


In June 2007, Esra'a Al Shafei from won the Atlas Economic Research Foundation's $5,000 award for the "New Intellectual Entrepreneurship Project" for Promoting Liberty. The award announcement stated: "Her project, Mideast Youth, is a growing independent student network that promotes constructive dialogue and understanding within the Middle East and North Africa. Arabs, Iranians, Kurds, and Israelis work side by side on a variety of different projects in order to advance towards moderation and interfaith understanding." [2]

In May 2008, Esra'a Al Shafei won the Berkman Award for "outstanding contributions to the internet and its impact on society."[3]

In 2009, Esra'a Al Shafei became a TED fellow and an Echoing Green Fellow.[4][5]

Website operations

She operates the following websites:[6]

She notes that "No one supports us financially, we support ourselves." [7]


Articles and resources

Related SourceWatch articles


  1. Revolution and change in the internet era, Bitter Lemons, accessed September 29, 2007.
  2. "Atlas Announces Winner of New Intellectual Entrepreneurship Project", Atlas Economic Research Foundation, accessed September 29, 2007.
  3. "Educators, Activists, Entrepreneurs, and Lawyers Win Berkman Awards for Internet Innovation", Media Release, Berkman Center For Internet & Society, accessed August 20, 2009.
  4. 25 new TED Fellows announced for TEDGlobal in Oxford, May 26, 2009. Accessed October 18, 2009.
  5. Esra'a Al Shafei | Echoing Green, accessed October 18, 2009.
  6. Projects
  7. Arabeyes: Esra'a Al Shafei - Your One-Stop-Cyber-Activist, Global Voices, accessed September 29, 2007.
  8. Members, Future Shapers Collaborative, accessed January 21, 2009.
  9. People, Meta-Activism Project, accessed April 8, 2011.

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