Has there been a discussion of timing for this? SJ (who is offline right
now) just mentioned that the Free Bassel group may be planning a focused
outreach push tomorrow through Friday. Let's coordinate with them if
possible.
On Nov 25, 2015 11:21 AM, "Gerard Meijssen" <gerard.meijs...@gmail.com>
wrote:

> Hoi,
> I have looked at the article. It does not have the necessary urgency. He is
> likely to have been sentenced to death and the article reads like a
> Wikipedia article. This is Meta, it is not Wikipedia and it needs urgency.
> We appeal to the world to get involved to let his death not happen. That is
> imho what the message needs to be.
> Thanks,
>      GerardM
>
> On 25 November 2015 at 02:57, Asaf Bartov <abar...@wikimedia.org> wrote:
>
> > FYI: User:Odder has now created [[m:Free Bassel
> > <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Free_Bassel>]], as a landing page to
> link
> > from the banner.
> >
> > If anyone would like to help with a design for the banner (I concede not
> > everyone shares my taste for 10pt-black-on-white text), we would be able
> to
> > move ahead.  There is, so far, nothing but support.
> >
> >    A.
> >
> > On Tue, Nov 24, 2015 at 10:57 AM, 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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