International - The BOBs 2008: Bloggers under surveillance

    Deutsche Welle launches Internet public voting for best blogs, podcasts
    and videoblogs
    New record: 8,000 entries for Deutsche Welle's international blog

    MONTREAL, Oct. 27 /CNW Telbec/ - The 176 finalists of the BOBs 2008,
Deutsche Welle's international blog competition, will be unveiled on the BOBs
website,, on 27 October. Bloggers around the world have
proposed more than 8,500 candidates in the competition's 16 categories in the
past few weeks. This is a 20 per cent increase on last year. An international
jury of renowned bloggers has nominated 11 finalists in each of the
categories. Internet users now have until 26 November to vote for their
favourite bogs in order to choose the public's prize.
    The BOBs are awarded for blogs, podcasts and videoblogs written or
produced in one of the following 11 languages: Arabic, Chinese, Dutch,
English, Farsi, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and, for the
first time, Indonesian.
    Deutsche Welle's goal in organising this competition is to promote
freedom of opinion and press freedom throughout the world. The prize also aims
to reflect the international blogosphere's variety and to encourage a dialogue
around this new form of communication that surpasses language barriers.

For further information:

For further information: Katherine Borlongan, Executive Director,
Reporters Without Borders Canada, (514) 521-4111,;

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