1. Oussama describes the scene of Bassel's arrest, as he heard it

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    **NOTE - This account is from a third party. Bassel has recently sent a letter from his jail cell providing a primary account of this story, the story of the circumstances surrounding his arrest: http://lettersforbassel.tumblr.com/post/62164233041/letter-from-bassel-20-september-2013 Bassel's uncle, Oussama, describes his understanding of the circumstances in which Bassel was arrested in March 2012. The story involves a phone call, a door, and a choice. A choice that could also be called a betrayal. Now, nearly 18 months later, Bassel remains in prison. He has never been formally charged with a crime, and his family has still not been given an explanation for the reason behind his arrest. He is in Adra Central Prison: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adra_Prison #freebassel campaign: http://freebassel.org/campaign/ ------ music by klankbeeld on freesound: http://freesound.org/ "background images" pulled from: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izzfzFmUVGM http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZ5B2l19eXE

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    • A New World Beginning to Emerge: Danny of EFF says a few words on #Freebassel Day 2013; Pt.1

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      Danny O'Brien, international director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (https://www.eff.org/) discusses his work protecting and defending journalists and free culture advocates. As Bassel's case attests, these fields have recently begun to merge as access to technology and access to information increase their dependence on one another. However, organizations dedicated to protecting technologists and free culture advocates in the same manner as reporters and journalists are not as commonplace. Read the letter to Bassel that accompanies this video here: http://bit.ly/16BM1kC This interview took place at the #Freebassel Day 2013 event organized by Wikimedia Foundation, Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Creative Commons in San Francisco in March 2013. #Freebassel Day 2013, San Francisco: http://creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/37362 #Freebassel Day in general: http://freebassel.org/campaign/events/2013/03/15/free-bassel-day-event/ #Freebassel Campaign: http://freebassel.org/campaign/

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      • The #FREEBASSEL Conversation Game; an introduction

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        Video introduction to The #FREEBASSEL Conversation Game, a tool for framing and documenting collaborative activity and conversation around and within the movement to free Bassel Khartabil, open Internet pioneer and free culture advocate who has been detained in Syria since March 2012. http://freebassel.org/ VIDEO CREDITS: Camera: Alyn Divine Production: TBCS Players: Evan DeSpelder, Suzy Kim, Niki Korth, Daniel Yovino, Yael Zaken Location: San Francisco, USA: May 2013 Music by Setuniman on Freesound: www.freesound.org/people/setuniman/ Photo of Bassel: J. Ito Sources Cited: Casserly, Catherine: "Free Bassel, Free Culture," Huffington Post, 15 March 2013; Safadi, Bassel: Tweet 21 Jan 2010, 1:17PM, Tweet 02 Oct 2009, 3:51AM * LET'S HAVE A CONVERSATION (ABOUT HOW) TO #FREEBASSEL

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        • Free Bassel Day - March 15, 2013 Marking One Year of Bassel Khartabil's Illegal Jailing in Syria

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          http://freebassel.org On March 15, 2012, Bassel Khartabil was detained in a wave of arrests in the Mazzeh district of Damascus. Since then, his family has received no official explanation for his detention or information regarding his whereabouts. However, his family has recently learned from previous detainees at the security branch of Kafer Sousa, Damascus, that Bassel is being held at this location. Bassel Khartabil, a Palestinian-Syrian, 31, is a respected computer engineer specializing in open source software development, the type of contributions the Internet is built upon. He launched his career ten years ago in Syria, working as a technical director for a number of local companies on cultural projects like restoring Palmyra and Forward Syria Magazine. Since then, Bassel has become known worldwide for his strong commitment to the open web, teaching others about technology, and contributing his experience freely to help the world. Bassel is the project leader for an open source web software called Aiki Framework. He is well known in online technical communities as a dedicated volunteer to major Internet projects like Creative Commons (www.creativecommons.org), Mozilla Firefox (www.mozilla.org), Wikipedia (www.wikipedia.org), Open Clip Art Library (www.openclipart.org), Fabricatorz (www.fabricatorz.com), and Sharism (www.sharism.org). Since his arrest, Bassel’s valuable volunteer work, both in Syria and around the world, has been stopped. His absence has been painful for the communities that depend on him. In addition, his family, and his fiancée whom he was due to marry this past April, have had their lives put on hold. Bassel Khartabil has been unjustly detained for many months without trial or any legal charges being brought against him. We, the signees of the #FREEBASSEL campaign, demand immediate information regarding his detention, health, and psychological state. We urge the Syrian Government to release the community member, husband-to-be, son to a mother and father, and celebrated International software engineer Bassel Khartabil, immediately.

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