Very sad. A legend he is.

Best,

- Enock

2017-08-02 20:42 GMT+00:00 Bobby Shabangu <bobbyshaba...@gmail.com>:

> 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
> >
> > Wikimedia Foundation
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> >
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> > https://annual.wikimedia.org
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