UPDATE from August 1st, 2017: Horrific: Reports that Bassel Khartabil Has Been Executed in Syria

Bassel Safadi, photo by Joi Ito (CC BY).

Bassel Safadi was at the CC Asia Conference 2010 in Seoul (South Korea). Photo by Joi Ito (CC BY).

After more than a year, no one has received yet any official explanation or reasons to the detention of Bassel Khartabil, a Palestinian-Syrian well-respected computer engineer, 31 year old, specialized in open source software development who volunteered on Internet projects like Creative Commons, Mozilla Firefox, Wikipedia or Open Clip Art Library.

Khartabil, who is better known online and in technology communities as Bassel Safadi was detained on March 15, 2012, in a wave of arrests in the Mazzeh, district of Damascus (Syria), no trial.

Friends and family started on July 2012 the campaing #FREEBASSEL to to raise global awareness about Bassel’s situation and fight to see him free. 

Safadi started his career ten years ago in Syria, as a technical director for a number of local companies and cultural projects. He is known for his commitment to the open web and free culture. This is why his family and friends, Internet activitst and organizations want his liberation an his valuable contribution back to a freely Net.

To support #FREEBASSEL, sign the letter on their website, follow them on Twitter or like the page on Facebook.

Lately, the Index Freedom of Expression Awards, which cereremony will take place next Thursday, March 21 in London, nominated Safadi in the category Digital Freedom. You can buy ticket for the ceremony, donate or follow it.

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