It is raining Bobs!

Global Voices Online (GVO) won the best English language journalistic award in the 2005 Deutsche Welle International Weblog Awards!

Global Voices is a remarkable blog that brings the voices of international bloggers to the attention of the rest of the world. It is an organization launched from the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at the Harvard Law School. Founded by Ethan Zuckerman and Rebecca MacKinnon.

!Goals of GVO:

1) To call attention to the most interesting conversations and perspectives emerging from citizens’ media around the world by linking to text, audio, and video blogs and other forms of grassroots citizens’ media being produced by people around the world.

2) To facilitate the emergence of new citizens’ voices through training, online tutorials, and publicizing the ways in which open-source and free tools can be used safely by people around the world to express themselves.

3) To advocate for freedom of expression around the world and to protect the rights of citizen journalists to report on events and opinions without fear of censorship or persecution.

For more read the FAQ.

Haitham Sabbah is the Middle East and North Africa editor. Karim El-Sahy and me are contributors for the Egyptian blogosphere. We both post regular round ups for what Egyptian bloggers are saying.

If you think there is a post that needs to be featured on Global Voices round ups you can email me, Karim or Haitham. If you are interested to join the collabarotive effort you can read this page. You can also help by translating posts written in Arabic that you think is important.

Meanwhile, congratulations to Amr Gharbeia for winning the Arabic language journalistic blog award.

I mentioned Manalaa's Bob here.

UPDATE Ethan posts about the award.