By German newspaper, Derwesten:
Bonn. Iranian journalist Arash Sigarchi received the “BOB” Media Award of the Deutsche Welle for the best blog. Sigarchi spread from exile in the United States, unfiltered news about his home country. The 33-year-old has built a vast network of information.
Inform people about freely without censorship, a country that is not free and has a government that puts unwanted Rapporteur to jail – that’s the goal of Sigarchi Arash, an Iranian journalist and Internet bloggers. With the help of his blog “Window of Anguish” (“window of anxiety”), he says – now in exile in the U.S. – about politics and human rights in Iran . For the 33-year-old with the main prize of the International Blog Award was awarded the Deutsche Welle.
His web career began in 2002 in Iran Arash Sigarchi. At that time he was chief editor of a local newspaper and the censor his daily companion – “as well as other newspapers was customary,” says Sigarchi. Looking for a way to publish the censored news yet, the Iranians finally came on at the time relatively unknown blogger scene. The own blog was the solution for him: Sigarchi began, all the information in the newspaper were not allowed to write in his blog. For the interested foreign media even soon.
But his freedom of expression did not tolerate the government. 2004 Sigarchi was sentenced to 14 years in prison because he had criticized the government. After an inspection, the prison sentence was reduced to three years. Finally allowed to leave prison Sigarchi after 24 months – for the treatment of tongue cancer. As he should be arrested again after his recovery, the journalist left the country in 2008. Since then he has lived in American exile in Washington.
From there, he keeps up his blog. Information, he now gets over the internet.The social media like Twitter and Facebook to help him “. During my time in Iran, I’ve built up a large network, so I’m still with more than 10 000 Iranian bloggers and more than 600 Iranian journalists in connection” Some were his informants chief editors of national media and experienced than he. “I can trust them and they told me,” said Sigarchi.
Arash Sigarchi researched a lot about Internet
His work with the U.S. television station “Voice of America” and some personal contacts in Iran, it also help to understand what happened in his home country “. Figuring out whether information is accurate or not, that’s part of my job”
And the Internet offers many opportunities for him: With a message that could send him a friend via Twitter, for example, he asked his Facebook community. The friend wrote of a loud noise in Tehran, a similar explosion.Sigarchi put the information on his Facebook page and asked its more than 5000 contacts for help. It turned out that was committed in the capital, a bomb attack. Facebook reached over Sigarchi pictures of the assassination and a short cell phone video. At the end he was able to produce the material with a TV report.
Sigarchis unrelenting commitment to freedom of opinion and objective reporting on Iran from exile and take out his blog the best blog of 2012. This was decided by a majority of the jury of the “German Wave Blog Awards”.Since 2004, the international broadcasting of the Federal Republic of the prize, which also “The BOBs” (Best of the blogs) is known. According to the website for the award, the award of international websites that promote the open exchange of views on the Internet. In addition, the German will wave with the awards to the increasing importance of communication over the Internet to draw attention.
Blogger unmasked false doctor
The Arash Sigarchi has been detected. He cites the example of the Iranian Interior Minister Ali to dismiss Kordan 2008th Bloggers have found that the Minister, contrary to their own information, a doctorate from the University of Oxford has. After Kordan himself was no longer viable in Iran. The show so Sigarchi that social media could change step by step the development of Iran.