Celebrating Webloggers Worldwide™
Welcome to the new site of the 2010 International Weblogger's Day (InWeDay) celebration. Over the course of the next few days and weeks we'll be unveiling meetups and fun events to celebrate the 6th annual event!
The Dangers Of Citizen Journalism: By now I'm sure many of you have heard the story about citizen journalist Brian Conley being detained in Beijing while documenting pro-Tibetan protests during the Olympic Games.
Read this: More bloggers than ever face arrest for exposing human rights abuses or criticising governments, says a report. Since 2003, 64 people have been arrested for publishing their views on a blog, says the University of Washington annual report.
Citizens have faced arrest and jail for blogging about many different topics, said the World Information Access (WIA) report. Arrested bloggers exposed corruption in government, abuse of human rights or suppression of protests. They criticised public policies and took political figures to task.
Started as a grass-roots project in the spring of 2004, International Weblogger's Day, or InWeDay for short, is an unofficial online celebration held annually on June 14th. It has united in the past over 500 bloggers from over 40 nations, and has become a symbol of unity among bloggers in recognition of the power that bloggers have through the words they write. To mark the fifth anniversary of InWeDay, an official meetup will be scheduled in Philadelphia.
A prize of $30 dollars will be given to a blog that best exemplifies this year's theme. Nominate your blog with short 100-word explanation of your reason at the forum.
If you know another language, and would like to contribute to spreading the word about InWeDay, why not head over to the Translation Wiki to edit and translate pages? Your help will be greatly appreciated