Thanks for the (sad) update, Gregory.
Best,

2017-08-02 16:11 GMT-05:00 Enock Seth Nyamador <kwadzo...@gmail.com>:

> 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
> > > 149 New Montgomery Street
> > > San Francisco, CA 94105
> > >
> > > +1 (415) 839-6885 ext. 6635
> > > +1 (415) 712 4873
> > > kma...@wikimedia.org
> > > https://annual.wikimedia.org
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