Deutsche Welle’s International Weblog Awards (The BOBs) have been announced. Generación Y, a Cuban blog written by Yoani Sanchez won the Jury Prize for Best Blog. Among many nominated Chinese blogs, Liu Xiaoyuan’s (刘晓原) blog won Best Blog Chinese, and zengjinyan.spaces.live.com, written by Zeng Jinyan, the wife of the jailed human rights activitist Hu Jia, claimed the Reporters Without Borders Award. The BOBs were also open to public online voting. Science Guru, a science blog written collaboratively by a group of Chinese authors, was the People’s Choice Winner of both Best Blog and Best Blog Chinese awards.
Liu Xiaoyuan is a famous Beijing Lawyer who fights against injustice in the Chinese legal system. According to Rebbeca MacKinnon, Liu Xiaoyuan’s sohu blog got taken down soon after the award was announced. MacKinnon’s past conversation with Liu also inspired her to conduct a study on Chinese blog censorship.
EastSouthWestNorth translated Zeng Jinyan’s latest post, “Thanksgiving.”