Special Topic Award Human Rights: Migrant Rights in the Middle East (Bahrain)
Best Video Channel: Stands with fist (Iran)
Reporters Without Borders Awards: Ciudad Juárez (Mexico)
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.
At least that's what they are according to Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. But does it really apply to people all over the world.
Deutsche Welle examines the international status of human rights in an in-depth special looking at how people are treated – and mistreated around the world. A series of reports look at people's ability to eat, work and live with dignity in a globalized world. Additional commentary comes from Tunisia's Lina Ben Mhenni, this year's BOBs winner for Best Blog, as well as Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez, who won the Best Blog award in 2008.
The importance of social media when it comes to political activism was the topic of a public discussion at the Deutsche Welle on April 12. While the media have been filled with reports about how Facebook and Twitter influenced uprisings, we think it's worth the time to listen to what the people affected by the protests have to say.
Have a listen to these statements by BOBS jury members Amira Al Hussaini of Bahrain, Isaac Mao from China, and Erik Hersman of Kenya. The discussion was moderated by DW's Kristin Zeier.
It's been an exciting competition. Back in February we asked for your suggestions for the world's best blog, social media campaign and video channel – among others. And you came through with thousands of submissions.
Our jury narrowed the pack down to an impressive list of finalists in 17 categories and 11 languages.
Voting was opened to decide the winners of the User Prizes, and you were allowed to vote once a day. Jury members, on the other hand, had to sit at their computers and ponder which of each category's 11 finalists – all worthy of distinction – would get their vote for the BOBs highest honors: the Jury Award.
This year, after a passionate day of discussions, the jury bestowed the Best Blog award on A Tunisian Girl.
Writing bravely about repression and censorship in Tunisia long before the international media descended on the country during the tumultuous events of December 2010 and January 2011, Lina Ben Mhenni was praised by the jury for proving that a single moving voice can lead to major change. The certainty that she would also continue to track Tunisia's path – and stay true to her vision in the future – also left the jury members impressed.
Other Jury Award honors went to:
Best Use of Technology for Social Good: Rospil
Best Social Activism Campaign: We Are Khaled Said
Reporters Without Borders Award: Ciudad Juárez, en la sombra del narcotráfico
Special Topic Award for Human Rights: Migrant Rights in the Middle East
Best Video Channel: Stands With Fist
Our congratulations go out to all the Jury Award winners and the blogs and projects that claimed the User Prizes by receiving the most ballots in our online vote.
Thank you for an interesting, exciting and successful competition.
Update: English press release