VOA employee's "Window of Anguish" is top winner of DW The Bobs blog award.

Posted: 04 May 2012   Print   Send a link
Deutsche Welle, 3 May 2012, Sean Sinico: "The top prize of the 2012 DW Blog Awards went to an exiled Iranian who, despite his own suffering, keeps an objective eye on Tehran. Other efforts to protect journalists and close the digital divide also earned honors. Arash Sigarchi, an Iranian currently living in Washington, got the nod from a panel of bloggers and media experts for writing the best blog at the Deutsche Welle International Blog Award - the BOBs, DW announced Wednesday. His blog, Window of Anguish, provides readers with an even-handed perspective of the Iranian regime's actions. 'Arash has maintained an objective view of events despite the personal attacks and tragedy he suffered at the hands of the government,' Arash Abadpour, the BOBs Persian-language jury member, told the 12-member jury panel. ... While Sigarchi continues to live in the United States, where he works for Voice of America, he represents an important source of information for readers inside and outside of Iran, Abadpour said."

Deutsche Welle, 3 May 2012, Aya Bach: "In his blog 'Window of fear' Arash Sigarchi tries to be as objective as possible, even when including personal experiences or opinions. 'No matter what I post, I try to be fair, balanced and truthful. I am after all a journalist and everything I post is taken as news.'"

DW The Bob's website: List of all winning blogs. See also DW press release, 2 May 2012.

journalism.co.uk, 2 May 2012, Sarah Marshall: "A year ago today Al Jazeera English was due to broadcast the first episode of a new social media TV show called The Stream. ... Since then The Stream has been broadcast live on Al Jazeera English for 30 minutes four days a week, with a pre- and post-show online and was last night named as winner of a Webby Award, which honour the 'best of the web'." Sell also Al Jazeera English, 1 May 2012.