Prominent Syrian blogger arrested


(Photo via razanghazzawi.com)

In October 2011, I was invited to participate in the 3rd Arab Bloggers Meetingin Tunis, Tunisia. Since then, at least two of my fellow participants – both brave and incredibly inspiring individuals – have been arrested.

Egyptian blogger Alaa Abdel Fattah was arrested on October 30 on charges that he incited attacks against soldiers and for participating in the October 9 clashes in Cairo.

And now today there’s word that Syrian blogger, feminist, and human rights activist Razan Ghazzawi was arrested on Sunday at the Syrian-Jordanian border.

Al-Akhbar newspaper reported that Ghazzawi was on her way to attend a workshop in Amman about freedom of the press in the Arab world as the representative of the Syrian Center for Media and Free Expression.

A #FreeRazan social media campaign was launched on Twitter to demand her release. Also follow #FreeAlaa.

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