For the eighth time, DW presented its blog awards, selected by an international jury from more than 3,000 suggestions.
"They give minorities a voice and claim their right to free speech. That is a huge challenge," said DW Editor-in-Chief Ute Schaeffer. "Deutsche Welle wants to give you courage and show you how important your work is."
The main winner was Iranian blogger Arash Sigarchi for his "Window of Anguish," selected by the panel as the best blog of 2012. The blog is well-known in the international Iranian community, attracting a significant number of readers. Despite being arrested several times for the content of his blog, and becoming ill with cancer, Sigarchi has kept on blogging - nowadays from the United States.
Other prize winners included a site that allows women in Egypt to record instances of sexual violence using an interactive map and a Chinese cartoon site depicting themes of social injustice.
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Author: Richard Connor
Editor: Spencer Kimball