Tag: Middle East

Turkey: Dutch Journalist Arrested Over Insulting President Erdogan on Twitter

Ebru Umar, a 45 year-old Dutch columnist of Turkish descent, was arrested on 23 April over tweets which deemed to be offensive towards the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Umar was arrested at her apartment in Kuşadası and was taken to a local police station for investigation. Umar, a writer and a prominent journalist, is a regular columnist for the Dutch Metro newspaper. She is known…

#WhereIsBassel Global Events: Photo Gallery

The #WhereIsBassel campaign has spread globally. On March 19, 2016, marking the week of the 4th anniversary of Bassel’s arrest, people from all over the world asked together: #WhereIsBassel? London, Berlin, Paris, Toulouse, Sicily, Boston, San Francisco, Shenzen, Singapore and Beirut – all called out for the Syrian government to reveal Bassel’s whereabouts and send him free.

When Bassel returns home,
he will see these photos showing
his friends, lovers and supporters
calling out for him.
Bassel will know that
he has never been forgotten
for a second.


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Jimmy Wales: “The world needs to ask: #WhereIsBassel?”

An editorial by Jimmy Wales Foundation published on The Guardian:

“Khartabil is a member of the Wikipedia community, a true believer in free knowledge and freedom of expression. His arbitrary arrest, torture and rumoured death sentence are not only grave violations of International Human Rights Law, but also a significant blow to our shared values of internet freedom and free speech”

Click here for the full editorial.


Where is Bassel?

Bassel Khartabil has been imprisoned in Syria since March 15, 2012. Bassel is a Palestinian Syrian national whom his love of technology might have got him into trouble in Syria, as the revolution of 2011 has taken place. Bassel, the lead of Creative Commons Syria, had been detained in an undisclosed location for 9 months until he was transferred to Adra prison, where he finally gained access to see his family…