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Blog Yoani Sanchez out of Cuba

Yoani Sanchez, theBOBs winner in 2008 for her blog, has won BlogHer‘s International BlogHer Activist Award. Now there’s a blogging campaign underway to convince Cuban authorities that Yoani should be allowed to leave the country to take part in the BlogHer conference next month in San Diego.

When Yoani won theBOBs three years ago, we also would have loved to have been able to host her. Instead we got this video message:


Yoani continues to be an inspiration to everyone at theBOB, so we hope you’ll take part and – at the very least – let Yoani know you support her. We certainly think she should be able to travel to the conference – and anywhere else she wants to go, anytime she wants to go there.

Find out more and take part: Let’s blog Yoani to BlogHer

Thank you for your work

Six winners of the 2011 come to Bonn, Germany, on Monday to accept their awards at a ceremony, which was part of the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum. Get a look at the Jury Award winners in the BOBs’ six multilingual categories below.

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Hear from the winners

The award ceremony for the BOBs 2011 will take place on Monday (20 June 2011) as part of the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum.
It is with great pleasure that we welcome the following Jury Award winners to the ceremony in Bonn, Germany:
Best Blog: A Tunisian Girl (Tunisia)
Best Social Activism Campaign: كلنا خالد سعيد We are all Khaled Said (Egypt)
Best Use Of Technology For Social Good: Роспил Rospil (Russia)
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)
Claire Ulrich, a BOBs jury member and Benoit Hervieu, Americas chief for Reporters Without Borders.
Several of the BOBs 2011 winners provided videos to show during the ceremony. Videos will be posted here after the ceremony. You can read live tweets from the award ceremony by following @dw_thebobs.
The Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum (20-23 June 2011) is an international conference that provides media experts from around the world with the opportunity to meet with scientists, policy makers and representatives from non-governmental organizations. The theme of this year's forum is "Human rights and globalization — challenges to the media."
BOBs winners Mohamed Ibrahim of "We are all Khaled Said" and Ahmed Zidan of "Migrant Rights in the Middle East" will take part in a panel on Wednesday (23 June 2011) discussing the role and effectiveness of social media in recent uprisings in the Middle East. Other panel members include Markus Beckedahl of Germany's, Altaf Ullah Khan of Leipzig University, and Naveen Naqvi, a Pakistani journalist and blogger.

Free and equal in dignity and rights

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.