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Jury reaches a verdict – actually six of them

A very happy jury

Our 12 jury members decided on the winners of the 2012 BOBs! After sifting through 3,200 you had a chance to choose the winners the BOBs’ User Prizes in 17 categories and 11 languages. And after an exciting month of voting, the winners have been decided, so go check them out!

In addition to the User Prizes, the jury of bloggers, media experts and activists also got shut into a conference room for a day to cure the best blogs, and campaigns and media project in the main six multilingual categories.

Blogger and journalist Arash Sigarchi was this year’s big winner, taking the Jury Award for Best Blog with “Window of Anguish,” where he writes about human rights, social and political topics about his homeland. Window of Anguish is widely read inside and outside of Iran for its objective view of current events. Currently in Washington, Sigarchi maintains close connections to many sources in Iran.

This year’s other Jury Awards went to:

Best Social Activism Campaign
Free Syrian Blogger& Activist Razan Ghazzawi

Special Topic Award Education and Culture

Best Use of Technology for Social Good

Best Video Channel
Kuang Kuang Kuang

Reporters Without Borders Award
Abu Sufian’s Blog

Our thanks and congratulations go out to all the Jury Award winners for their amazing and inspiring work. We’re looking forwarding to meeting you at next month’s Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum in Bonn, Germany.


UPDATE: We can’t count on computers

Long into the night there was pointing and there was clicking (and cursing at our computers), but the best result we can establish is that both Jou3an and Window of Anguish earned the same percentage of votes cast in the Best Blog category.

That’s why we are declaring both Jou3an and Window of Anguish User Prize winners in the Best Blog category. Our congratulations go to both of them!

So what was the problem with the website? Here’s what happened: when we threw the switch from the “voting phase” to the “winner phase” our servers published the results before counting the votes cast during the last seconds. After counting those last under-the-gun votes, the result changed. Remember when we said it was a “neck-and-neck” race, we weren’t kidding – we’re talking about 13 votes for Window of Anguish.

But because it was our mistake, we find the fairest solution is to award the User Prizes to both of these truly exceptional bloggers.

Since our website wasn’t setup to handle this kind of eventuality, it’s going to take some time to get the page up-to-date.

Thanks for your patience and sorry for the confusion.