Thanks Katherine for this mail,
it gives a lot of context and details, and also thanks for the difficult
work the WMF is doing.

Is the opinion of more experienced NGOs and activists that a dedicated
banner/ribbon/logo would be a good idea?
We all think that is an enormous power that we have as a community, so we
should use it carefully.
But is the most powerful weapon we have (well, second only to a Wikipedia
strike).

Again, thanks for your efforts.

Aubrey

On Tue, Nov 24, 2015 at 7:57 PM, Katherine Maher <kma...@wikimedia.org>
wrote:

> Hi everyone,
>
> Thank you for raising this issue here on this list. I wanted to share some
> more information about how we’ve been working to support Bassel to this
> point, in public and behind the scenes. Unfortunately, some efforts are
> sensitive, so can’t be shared in full on public mailing lists. But we’re
> committed to supporting next steps or decisions by the community, and
> keeping you updated going forward.
>
> Working with some other colleagues at the Foundation, we have been tracking
> Bassel's case for some time now, in direct contact with the organizers of
> the #FreeBassel campaign <http://freebassel.org> [1], and Bassel's family.
> The actions we have taken to date have been in coordination and approval
> with the #FreeBassel campaign, including:
>
>    - Coordination and communication with related organizations, such as the
>    Electronic Frontier Foundation and Amnesty International. (ongoing)
>    - Regular contact and updates with senior human rights officials at the
>    U.S. State Department. (ongoing)
>    - Outreach to the press around Bassel’s arbitrary detention and
>    contributions to the free knowledge movement. Please see this WIRED
> story, “A
>    Jailed Activist’s 3-D Models Could Save Syria’s History From ISIS
>    <
> http://www.wired.com/2015/10/jailed-activist-bassel-khartabil-3d-models-could-save-syrian-history-from-isis/
> >.”
>    [2] (Although we did reach out to WIRED, we cannot say for certain if
> that
>    story was the direct result of our efforts or others within the
> #FreeBassel
>    coordination community). (10/21)
>    - Raising Bassel’s case in public speaking opportunities, including
>    Lila’s keynote to the Creative Commons Summit. (10/15)
>    - Blog post #FREEBASSEL: Free culture advocate who built 3D renderings
>    of Palmyra missing in Syria
>    <https://blog.wikimedia.org/2015/10/08/bassel-missing-syria/> [3].
>    (10/08)
>    - Ongoing participation in #FreeBassel social media campaigns on
>    Facebook and Twitter.
>
> Bassel is in a situation known as arbitrary detention
> <
> http://en.alkarama.org/1763-syria-un-calls-for-the-release-of-freedom-of-speech-advocate-bassel-khartabil
> >
> [4]. Arbitrary detentions are characterized by uncertainty, lack of
> information, and volatility. They’re scary because we don’t know what’s
> happening, and often we are making decisions without a lot of information.
> Our goal is always to support Bassel to make sure our efforts help him
> without putting him at greater risk. So we’ve been working with experienced
> human rights campaigners, including the #FreeBassel campaign, to understand
> the best actions to take at different times over the past two months.
>
> We’ve been in touch with Bassel’s family, who would support continued
> efforts to raise awareness about Bassel’s situation through a note on
> Wikipedia if that should happen. We can also join action letters (like this
> <
> http://www.amnesty.nl/nieuwsportaal/pers/syria-fears-life-free-expression-advocate
> >
> [5]) where the community agrees it's appropriate. If the community decides
> to move forward with an action, we are here to help. We are monitoring the
> discussions and activity in
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Banner:Free_Bassel as a place where
> community consensus can form. Please let us know if there’s anything else
> we can do to support efforts to raise awareness for Bassel.
>
> Katherine
>
> [1] http://freebassel.org/
> [2]
>
> http://www.wired.com/2015/10/jailed-activist-bassel-khartabil-3d-models-could-save-syrian-history-from-isis/
> [3] https://blog.wikimedia.org/2015/10/08/bassel-missing-syria/
> [4]
>
> http://en.alkarama.org/1763-syria-un-calls-for-the-release-of-freedom-of-speech-advocate-bassel-khartabil
> [5]
>
> http://www.amnesty.nl/nieuwsportaal/pers/syria-fears-life-free-expression-advocate
>
> On Tue, Nov 24, 2015 at 7:38 AM, Daniel Mietchen <
> daniel.mietc...@googlemail.com> wrote:
>
> > Yes, a CentralNotice would seem appropriate here.
> > Please help flesh it out at
> > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Banner:Free_Bassel .
> >
> > Daniel
> >
> > On Tue, Nov 24, 2015 at 3:38 PM, Gerard Meijssen
> > <gerard.meijs...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > > Hoi,
> > > I have started a text..
> > > Thanks,
> > >      GerardM
> > >
> > > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Banner:Free_Bassel
> > >
> > > On 24 November 2015 at 15:25, Pete Forsyth <petefors...@gmail.com>
> > wrote:
> > >
> > >> +1
> > >> Gerard, or Andrea, or anybody who knows better than myself, could you
> > start
> > >> a draft on Meta Wiki with a proposed text for a banner, and where it
> > should
> > >> link/what it should advise readers to do?
> > >> Pete
> > >> On Nov 24, 2015 3:13 AM, "Tito Dutta" <trulyt...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > >>
> > >> > Sad news. Agree with everyone here that we should do something.
> > >> >
> > >> > On 24 November 2015 at 16:38, Gerard Meijssen <
> > gerard.meijs...@gmail.com
> > >> >
> > >> > wrote:
> > >> >
> > >> > > Hoi,
> > >> > > Tomorrow we have a platform as well at the Erasmus award ceremony
> in
> > >> > > Amsterdam. It is Wikipedia, its community that is receiving the
> > award..
> > >> > > Thanks,
> > >> > >      GerardM
> > >> > >
> > >> > > On 24 November 2015 at 12:03, Cristian Consonni <
> > >> kikkocrist...@gmail.com
> > >> > >
> > >> > > wrote:
> > >> > >
> > >> > > > 2015-11-24 10:47 GMT+01:00 Andrea Zanni <
> zanni.andre...@gmail.com
> > >:
> > >> > > > > Use the centralnotice.
> > >> > > >
> > >> > > > [...]
> > >> > > >
> > >> > > > > A Wikipedian, a member of our community sentenced to death for
> > >> > > believing
> > >> > > > in
> > >> > > > > our Mission and Vision is something extraordinary. I
> understand
> > the
> > >> > > > caution
> > >> > > > > of setting a precedent, but I think it's worth it.
> > >> > > > >
> > >> > > > > Also, remember: we have few days before we'll ask money again
> to
> > >> all
> > >> > > the
> > >> > > > > English-speaking countries.
> > >> > > > > How could we ask for money when we are not using the power
> that
> > was
> > >> > > > > bestowed upon us by the very same spirit, love and courage
> that
> > is
> > >> > > > > condemning Bassel to death?
> > >> > > >
> > >> > > > I strongly support this.
> > >> > > >
> > >> > > > As for the precedent, recall that the Wikimedia Foundation
> > supports
> > >> > > > the users, we did this with User:Diu in Greece:
> > >> > > >
> > >> > > >
> > >> > >
> > >> >
> > >>
> >
> https://blog.wikimedia.org/2014/02/14/wikimedia-foundation-supports-wikipedia-user-subject-to-defamation-lawsuit-in-greece/
> > >> > > >
> > >> > > > This is much more than a lawsuit.
> > >> > > >
> > >> > > > A message I do not want us to send is that if you enough force
> or
> > the
> > >> > > > threat is big enough, then we, as a movement, will be scared
> away.
> > >> > > >
> > >> > > > C
> > >> > > >
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