Urgent: Reports that Bassel Khartabil has been sentenced to death
Nov 13, 2015 — Noura (Bassel's wife), has recently been contacted by insiders in the Assad government and told that Bassel has been sentenced to death. We can't be sure, but this is deeply disturbing news for us all, as friends, and as defenders of freedom of expression anywhere.
The Internet Governance Forum in João Pessoa, Brazil, has released a statement demanding that the Syrian government alert Bassel's family to his whereabouts and exercise clemency in his case. We urge the internet community to exercise whatever pressure we can on the Syrian government to make Bassel's whereabouts known and release him from detention.
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