Tolerating Death in a Culture of Intolerance

Another blogger. Ananta Bijoy Das, murdered today. Police too busy beating up students to notice:
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Tolerating Death in a Culture of Intolerance | Economic and Political Weekly.
COMMENTARY Economic & Political Weekly EPW MARCH 21, 2015 vol l no 12 11 by?Shahidul Alam
The daylight murder of Bangladeshi blogger Avijit Roy in Dhaka on 26 February reflects the culture of fear and intolerance that has built up in the country over the last few decades. As a result, the middle ground between the extremes has disappeared.
Returning home with your wife, from a book fair where you have been signing autographs, seems a peaceful enough activity. It was in the heart of the university area, and it was not late. The footpath next to Ramna Park, where the 1971 surrender document had been signed, was full of people. Shahbagh Police Thana was nearby, and a police barricade designed to keep visitors to the mela safe, was only a few yards away. Hardly the scene crime stories are made of.
Location of murder of Dr. Avijit Roy near Dhaka University Teachers Students Centre (TSC) roundabout. Photo: Shahidul Alam/Drik/Majority World Continue reading “Tolerating Death in a Culture of Intolerance”

How many more Avijit's must we mourn?

Mourning Avijit Roy

Avijit Roy, wife Rafida Ahmed Banya and daughter Trisha in holiday in New Orleans
Avijit Roy, wife Rafida Ahmed Banya and daughter Trisha in holiday in New Orleans

It was a few yards away from where Dr. Milon had been killed. Then it had been?suspected the police were involved. This time, the police were a silent witness. Blogger and human rights activist Dr. Avijit Roy and his wife?Rafida Ahmed Banna?were returning home after visiting the Amar Ekushey Book Fair. Their ricksha was stopped, they were dragged out and Avijit was hacked to death. Banya?was severely injured and lost a finger.? Continue reading “How many more Avijit's must we mourn?”

Flashback 02: Sohrab Hura

Sohrab Hura Photo by Munem Wasif

Abu Sufian collects his award at Global Media Forum in Bonn

Bangladeshi blogger Abu Sufian (front row in grey suit) and other bloggers after they received their awards at the BOBs (Best of Blogs) at the Global Media Forum in Bonn. Germany. 26th June 2012.

BOBs 2012: DW’s favorite blogs

As part of this year?s Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum, the 2012 winners of the blog awards “The BOBs” picked up their prizes. The main prize winner came from Iran.
The Iranian jury member (front right) and other members of the audience at the World Conference Centre in Bonn. Germany. 26th June 2012. Shahidul Alam/Drik/Majority World

For the eighth time, DW presented its blog awards selected by an international jury from more than 3,000 suggestions. Bangladeshi Blogger Abu Sufian won the special category of Reporters Without Borders.
 
 

Bangladeshi blogger Abu Sufian wins ?Reporters Without Borders? Category Award in Best of Blogs contest

Bangladeshi and Tibetan bloggers win ?Reporters Without Borders? category awards

BANGLADESHI BLOGGER WINS ?REPORTERS WITHOUT BORDERS? CATEGORY AWARDS

Bangladeshi blogger Abu Sufian

 
Bangladeshi journalist?Abu Sufian?s blog?about extrajudicial executions and other kinds of injustice is the jury choice in the ?Reporters Without Borders? category of this year?s BOBs (Best of Blogs competition), organized by the German radio station Deutsche Welle. It was was chosen from 11 finalists by an international jury consisting of bloggers and a Reporters Without Borders representative. Continue reading “Bangladeshi blogger Abu Sufian wins ?Reporters Without Borders? Category Award in Best of Blogs contest”

Voting for International Blog Awards begin

Dear Friends,

Voting begins today in the Deutsche Welle International Blog Awards ? the BOBs.

Our international jury of bloggers and media experts waded through the more than 3,200 submissions you made and whittled the list down to just 187 candidates in 17 categories and 11 languages.

Now it?s up to Internet users like you to pore over the candidates and vote for the ones you find best. Your votes will decide the winner of the User Prize in all 17 categories.

In all 11 languages, there are some really great blogs, video channels and inspiring social activism campaigns and educational projects that run the gamut of online political and social responsibility and are certainly worth reading about.

Curious about the candidates yet! Go to the Voting page and get the lowdown on all of them and find out what some of the bravest, most creative and inventive bloggers are up to ? whether you speak their language or not. Just click.

All the winners of the 2012 BOBs will be announced right here at thebobs.com on May 2. Jury winners will also be invited to an award ceremony to pick up their BOB in Bonn, Germany, on June 26 as part of the annual Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum.

And here is the Press Release:

For more information on this year?s competition

We would be very happy if you would also promote BOBs through your site/web page, facebook, twitter and through blogs/bloggers.

With kind regards,
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The BOBs – Deutsche Welle Blog Awards

The BOBs – Deutsche Welle Blog Awards.

The BOBs begin on February 13

FEBRUARY 9, 2012

That time of year has come around again. Starting on February 13, we?ll be looking for your suggestions for the eighth annual Deutsche Welle International Blog Awards ? better known as the BOBs.
Like last year, we?re getting ready to accept your favorite sites in 11 languages. We understand: Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, English, French, German, Indonesia, Persian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
This year we?re also happy to announce that the BOBs site is back at full strength and available in all 11 of the competition?s languages ? in fact, we?re putting the finishing touches on the site right now!
While there are some changes in store for 2012, including a couple of new faces on the jury panel (more about them soon), the BOBs will still feature a Jury Awards as well as User Prizes. The combination of online voting and jury-selected winners makes sure the BOBs continues to honor the best blogs, websites and campaigns on the Internet without turning into a popularity contest.

This year our jury of media experts, activists and bloggers will meet up in Berlin in May to debate and decide who takes home top honors in the BOBs. Patricia Cammarata, better known as das Nuf, joins the panel for German and Steve Vosloo comes on-board for the English-speaking world. We?ll be giving you a more intimate introduction to Patricia and Steve, as well as the rest of the jury members, in just a few days time. Continue reading “The BOBs – Deutsche Welle Blog Awards”

Blog Competition

?Green bloggers: win a trip to Brazil to cover World Environment Day 2012, on June 5!?

The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), in partnership with?TreeHugger, is yet again sponsoring a free trip to Brazil for a winning blogger to write, blog and tweet aboutWorld Environment Day.
Bloggers are invited to enter competition via online submissions of blog articles on the Green Economy. The top ten bloggers, selected by a UNEP-TreeHugger?jury, will be invited to a second round of blogging ? blogdown!
The winner of this online showdown (blogdown) will be determined by an online community via the World Environment Day website. Readers will ?like? any of the posts in order to win an extra vote for their favourite blogger.
The blogger who accumulates the most votes by the end of April 2012 wins the competition and will be invited to blog about World Environment Day in Brazil.

What?s included?

Flights, accommodation, visa costs and travel within Brazil to WED events will be covered.

Timing:

World Environment Day is on June 5th, 2012. The contest winner will be flown to Brazil for about three days, beginning June 3rd and ending June 6th 2012. Short-listed and winning posts will be published on?TreeHugger?and the World Environment Day websites.

Costs:

Entrants will be expected to ensure they are able to travel to Brazil for the duration and cover any other costs (e.g. vaccinations).

Shahidul Alam in jury for "Best of Blog"

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The categories for 2012 are:
Best Blog
Best Social Activism Campaign
Best Use of Technology for Social Good
Best Video Channel
Special Topic Award Culture and Education
Reporters Without Borders Award
Best Blog in each of The BOBs’ languages
The competition starts on February 13.

Majority World featured in 2011's Best Photo Blog

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Probably because it was first invented in Europe and probably because it was, for a long time, a rich man?s club, photography has been predominately a western hemisphere preoccupation. For a very long time both its creators ( photographers) and its support ( magazines) have been geolocated in those countries that had fought the second world war. The rest of the world was only involved in photography as a subject but not a participant.
No longer. Cameras have reach affordable pricing while the internet has made publishing extremely easy and cheap. It is the end of the western?s world hegemony on photography. No longer can the so call developed countries can and should impose its photographic vision. Enters?Majority World photo agency.
Majority World is a not just a new photo agency but rather, as they call themselves, a social enterprise, that works with very talented photographers from Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. They bring this vision to the old world, facilitating in the process the emergence of a strong local photographic creative culture. They bridge the gap between photographers from emerging countries and image buyers from developed countries, allowing the third world visual voice to be heard, or rather to be seen. Because they are not tangled in cultural cliches or image saturation like their North American or European peers, the?Majority World photographers bring highly refreshing and extremely talented imagery.
Majority World has just recently relaunched it?s online platform here 😕http://www.majorityworld.com
They are based in the UK and can be reached at : [email protected]