Online voting is now open in an international competition to honor the best blogs that defend freedom of expression.
Paris-based press freedom watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is organizing the competition, in cooperation with the Deutsche Welle news agency. The aim is to recognize bloggers in various parts of the world who often put themselves in danger by defending free expression.
Anyone can vote once in each of six categories: Africa and the Middle East, the Americas, Asia, Europe, Iran, and International.
Iran, as the only country that has its own category in the contest, has been a difficult place for those speaking out on the Internet. The Islamic state has sought to restrict Weblogs even as they have grown in popularity and influence. Authorities there routinely arrest and imprison bloggers who openly defend the right to speak freely. Recently, RSF reported that authorities arrested one blogger’s pregnant wife after she publicly defended her husband for promoting free speech.
To vote for a blog, visit the following website.