A human rights activist, the young woman had suffered from a chronic illness for many years. After the revolution that ousted Zine El Abidine Ben Ali from power, they were speculation of her getting the Nobel Peace Prize in late 2011.
Before the fall of the dictatorship, and despite the risks, Lina Ben Mhenni had for years documented on the internet the excesses of Ben Ali’s regime. To feed her blog “atunisiangirl”, she had traveled to many disadvantaged cities in the interior of the country.
Equipped with her small camera, she had showcased, via social networks, the first expressions of anger from residents against the government.
After the immolation by the fire of the itinerant salesman Mohamed Bouazizi on December 17, 2010, Lina Ben Mhenni had been the first blogger to go to Sidi Bouzid, where the revolution first sparked.
Her chronicle of the revolution in French, English, and Arabic was the apex of this commitment against the dictatorship.
In 2011, Lina Ben Mhenni had produced a book, “Tunisian Girl, blogger for an Arab Spring”.
She then continued her activism to defend fundamental rights in Tunisia, participating in spite of her fragile health in numerous demonstrations and trials concerning freedom of expression.
This “voice of the Tunisian revolt”, a professor assistant in the English language in a Tunis faculty, had recognized these last months living an ordeal, all the while denouncing the state of the hospitals in the capital.