Dana Trometer / Producer – Editor

FreeBassel Campaign

Bassel was a close Syrian friend of mine.

Bassel happened to be a computer geek and a bit curious and a smart computer developer, which unfortunately is not safe when:

*you live in a country like Syria.
*you are palestinian.
*you happen to set up a hackerspace in damascus during the Arab Spring uprising.

I met Bassel in Beirut during my frequent travels to the region and I was pretty shaken when I knew he was arrested in the Mazzeh District on the 15th March 2012.
Here is Bassel’s story

So I started digging for Bassel’s friends online, and started finding more about him as a friend , fiance, son, developper … name it; I started falling in love with the character that I knew vaguely and I devoted my time since 2012 to find him.

I first found his online friends, as he was extremely connected to CC and open source communities round the globe ; then I found his love partner Noura who later became one of the closest people in my life.

Anyways to cut story short , I have been leading the campaign of freebassel for almost 5 years now and we have achieved milestones in keeping Bassel alive for many years and in touch with his family until the 3rd october 2015 when regime forces came into his cell and took him away. We haven’t heard of him since .

Since Bassel’s disappearance many projects have seen the light through the campaign and some press below to shed light on how strong this campaign grew and how international it has been.

I hope I get to see my friend Bassel again.

Jimmy Wales calling for the release of Bassel.

In preparation for his 5th anniversary of disappearance #freebassel campaign will be launching more activities to celebrate #freebasselday ! Join us in the calls to ask for his release

Guardian Newspaper
Wired Magazine
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