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Blogs defending free expression to be honoured

Reporters Without Borders invites Internet users to submit outstanding examples of blogs* defending free expression from which a shortlist will be compiled for an online vote to choose the best.

We want to draw attention to the importance of weblogs in countries where the traditional press is under the control of the authorities. Throughout the world, Internet users are adopting this new tool to combat censorship and circulate independent news and information.

Selection criteria:

  • The blog must be kept by an Internet user or a small group of Internet users. It must not belong to a governmental or non-governmental organisation.
  • It must have existed for more than six months and must be updated regularly.
  • It must use a specialised publishing tool such as typepad,, blogspirit or an equivalent. Sites that do not use a standard online publishing tool but function in an identical manner to a weblog will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • The blogs of professional journalists will be accepted.
  • All blogs will be considered, whatever their language.

Nomination submissions should be sent by e-mail to They should include the web address or addresses of the blog and a short description of its activity. The blogger does not have to be identified.

*A weblog or blog is a personal website on which information is posted chronologically, as in a personal diary.

... Payvand News - 1/22/05 ... --

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