Ayari was first sentenced to three years in prison for criticizing the Tunisian Defence Minister through a Facebook post. His lawyers appealed the judgment and Ayari was subsequently sentenced to a year by a superior court.
Development Diaries Ltd/GTE, who convened the #SMAA, event, have condemned the actions of the Tunisian Government and re-affirmed that the right to free speech is a fundamental human right which must not be suppressed or stifled.
Others are, Barefootlaw of Uganda, Facebook Page of the Year; The Love Tour, Kenya, Influencer of the Year; DHL Africa (Kenya), Best Use of Social Media by Private Sector; Stand to End Rape, Nigeria, Best Use by Non-Profit.
In other categories, Adforumco, Nigeria won the Best Use by Start-up/MSME; KCB Group, Kenya, Best Use by Financial Institution; Afrinolly, Nigeria, App of the Year; #TheNiteTalk, Kenya , Hashtag of the Year; Raha 2.0, Tanzania, Brand of the Year, and Nigeria Trade Hub, Nigeria, Best Rated Platform.
The purpose of the awards, according to #SMAA, is to recognize and reward excellence, creativity and impact in the use of social media tools and platforms by individuals and organizations in Africa. At the inaugural ceremony, 15 awards across four categories attracted more than 3,000 entries from 26 countries.
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