Brazilian blog "Catraca Livre" wins award for best blog in Portuguese

The Deutsche Welle international competition for blogs, The BOBs, awarded the Brazilian Catraca Livre as the best blog in Portuguese this year. Catraca Livre, which means "Open Turnstile," is famous for publishing about Sao Paulo's free social and cultural events.

Founded by journalist Gilberto Dimenstein, Catraca Livre received 43% of the public votes. After one month of voting, the winners of The BOBs were announced on May 2. By the jury and public votes, the winner of the best blog award in general was the Persian blog "Window of Anguish" written by Iranian journalist Arash Sigarchi. The jury gave second place to another Brazilian blog, "Porta Voz das Comunidades," according to the news site Terra.

In its submission to the Deutsche Welle competition, Catraca Livre proposed showing "a more open-minded, educated, and innovative city.” The blog also ran an intense voting campaign with different cultural personalities on video.

The BOBs are one of the largest international awards for blogs. According to the Deutsche Welle, the goal is to "contribute to the promotion of freedom of expression and to the commitment of human rights through the Internet." Every year, winners are chosen from 17 categories in 11 languages. This year the jury and public chose from among 3,200 candidates.

See the complete list of winners here.

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