This is very heartbreaking news indeed!

May his family find strentght in these dark times. 😢

On 2 Aug 2017 01:01, "Katherine Maher" <kma...@wikimedia.org> wrote:

> Dear all,
>
> I am very deeply saddened to share the news of the passing of our fellow
> community member Bassel Khartabil, also known to some as Bassel Safadi.
>
> Bassel was detained on March 15, 2012 amid arrests on the one-year
> anniversary of the Syrian uprising. He had been missing since October 2015,
> when he was removed from the Syrian prison where he was being held. His
> wife, Noura, confirmed earlier today in a statement on Facebook that he was
> executed by the Syrian government shortly after his disappearance.
>
> Bassel was a leader, advocate, and member of so many open culture
> communities it is difficult to do them all justice. In addition to his
> contributions to Wikimedia, he was project lead and public affiliate for
> Creative Commons Syria, a member of the Global Voices community, a free
> software advocate and contributor to Mozilla, and much more. The European
> Parliament statement on his detention credited him with “opening up the
> Internet in Syria and vastly extending online access and knowledge to the
> Syrian people."[1] He was known for his boundless enthusiasm and passion,
> always encouraging others to share, create, and connect with a better world
> around them.
>
> Many of you cared deeply about Bassel, working to raise awareness of his
> detention and disappearance. Please know that his friends and family knew
> of and appreciated these efforts, both as a voice on his behalf and a
> reminder of the values of the communities to which he devoted his time and
> attention. I personally am grappling with profound anger and sorrow that
> someone so brilliant, humane, and generous should be taken in this way. For
> those who did not know Bassel, you can learn more about his life and work
> at his article [2], and at https://freebassel.org.
>
> The Wikimedia Foundation will publish a statement soon, and ask for your
> support in helping us translate that message to share more broadly. We will
> also work to find a way to celebrate Bassel’s life and honor his
> contributions at Wikimania next week.
>
> Yours, sadly,
>
> Katherine
>
> [1]
> http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-//EP//
> TEXT+WQ+E-2013-014046+0+DOC+XML+V0//EN
> [2] (en) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bassel_Khartabil; (ar)
> https://ar.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%B3%D9%84_%D8%
> AE%D8%B1%D8%B7%D8%A8%D9%8A%D9%84
>
> --
> Katherine Maher
>
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