Bangladeshi blogger secures 2nd position in Bobs

Bangladeshi blogger Sabrina Sultana has secured second position in the Best Blog category in blog searching contest of German news broadcaster Deutsche Welle.

The position was elected both by internet users and the judges.

Overtaking Subrina, the blog ‘A Tunisian Girl’ has won the seventh annual Deutsche Welle Blog Award for blogging about repression and censorship in her country.

The BOBs, the Deutsche Welle announced awards in six multilingual categories on Tuesday and it will be handed over at the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum in Bonn, Germany on June 20, says a press release.

Although no Bengali blog got the jury award, internet users elected Bangladesh’s Ami Rahman Pial’s blog in the Best Social Activism category and Arif Jebtik’s blog in the Best Bengali Blog category.

Lina Ben Mhenni, a 27-year-old assistant professor at the University of Tunis ( won the award for blogging about repression and censorship in her country since 2007, long before a popular uprising unseated former president Ben Ali, the release says.

Facebook group ‘We are Khaled Said’ ( took the award for Best Social Activism Campaign while Bahrain website ‘Migrant Rights in the Middle East’ ( the Special Topic Human Rights Award.

The Best Video Channel Award went to ‘Iranian Stand with Fist’ ( while Russian website ‘Rospil’ ( won an award for the Best Use of Technology for Social Good category.

The 2011 Reporter without Borders Prize went to the blog ‘Ciudad Juárez, en la sombra del narcotráfico” ( by Judith Torrea, said the press release.


Internet users around the world suggested some 2,100 sites in 11 languages to the contest this year, but the jury trimmed the list down to 187 finalists, the release says.

In addition to the jury’s decisions, more than 90,000 ballots were cast in an online vote for the contest’s 17 user prizes – one in each of the six multilingual categories as well as one for the best blog in each of The BOBs 11 languages.

In the Best Blog/English category, internet users chose “Rantings of a Sandmonkey” ( as the winner.

A list of all the prize winners can be seen online at:, said the release.


Source: 13, April, 2011, Bdnews24

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