Bassel Khartabil

#happybdaybassel

On May 22nd, more than four years after his detention and six months after his disappearance, Bassel Khartabil (Arabic: باسل خرطبيل‎) will turn 35 years old. Bassel’s imprisonment by the Assad regime is a brutal human rights violation and the continued lack of answers about his fate is a hindrance to the fight for free … Read More “#happybdaybassel”

Free Bassel Day

#FREEBASSEL / Kennisland / CC BY-SA As of today, CC Syria community leader Bassel Khartabil has been in prison for two years. Today, we join the worldwide open community in honoring Bassel and insisting that he be freed. Amnesty International and Front Line Defenders have produced this excellent video about why Bassel’s story is important … Read More “Free Bassel Day”

Imprisoned internet pioneer Bassel Khartabil wins Index on Censorship Digital Freedom Award

Bassel / Joi Ito / CC BY Download press release (36 KB PDF) Palestinian-born Syrian software engineer Bassel Khartabil is the winner of this year’s Index on Censorship Digital Freedom Award, sponsored by Google. Khartabil is a free internet pioneer who has spent his career advancing open source technologies. On March 15, 2012, he was … Read More “Imprisoned internet pioneer Bassel Khartabil wins Index on Censorship Digital Freedom Award”

Free Bassel, Free Culture

#FREEBASSEL / Kennisland / CC BY-SA Creative Commons CEO Catherine Casserly wrote a blog post for the Huffington Post for the one-year anniversary of Bassel Khartabil’s arrest. Since March 15, 2012, our colleague and friend Bassel Khartabil has been in prison in Syria, held without charges and not allowed legal representation. Bassel is an open-source … Read More “Free Bassel, Free Culture”