Bassel Khartabil, Beloved Technology Innovator, Arrested March 15, 2012. Executed October 2015. Death Confirmed August 2017.

Announcing The 1st Annual #FREEBASSELDAY on March 15


Blessing #freebassel by Felici jenny, on Flickr

  • The 1st Annual #FREEBASSELDAY on March 15, 2013.

  • This is the working page for the FREEBASSELDAY. Below is a press release, then at bottom guide to help.

At the bottom, please list out the action you are taking and help us #FREEBASSEL. He has been detained for a year without any trial or public statement for being an internet volunteer. It could be you. Please help us! info@freebassel.org 

Announcing The 1st Annual #FREEBASSELDAY on March 15.

We, the supporters of the #FREEBASSEL project are inviting every person, everywhere to make an event on March 15, 2013 with other people in your city in global solidarity to call for the immediate release of open web advocate Bassel Khartibil. This day is the one year anniversary of the illegal jailing of Bassel Khartibil, well knownx free internet pioneer, software engineer, teacher, husband, family-man and friend. Bassel is a normal guy, in a bad situation. He is now stuck in a Syrian jail cell where he is not able to directly contribute to his local and global communities. We demand his captors to #FREEBASSEL!

Bassel is ALIVE.

Join us to create an activity, event or even a party to celebrate the great work and ongoing life of Bassel. We challenge other leaders of the free internet and open web to create events to make #FREEBASSEL t-shirts, release #FREEBASSEL software, put up #FREEBASSEL posters in your city, to make food together or even to throw a party at a local bar with #FREEBASSEL images and songs playing. Have a cheers for #FREEBASSEL and tweet the picture of your group publicly in your local language.


By freeing Bassel, you help to free the Internet. Joining the global movement is simple. List your city below, use the #FREEBASSELDAY hashtag on Twitter, Instagram and other social networks, set a goal for what you will do on this day and spread the word! For those community leaders out there like Bassel, pick an activity, a location for people in your community to meetup and make known the time for the gathering to your community. Then, let's all have a global #FREEBASSELDAY.

The 2nd Anniversary of Syrian Uprising and #FREEBASSELDAY

If this event is successful we will #FREEBASSEL. Setup your event with an idea below, and have your community #FREEBASSEL:

✳ Update Bassel's Wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bassel_Khartabil 
✳ Translate Bassel's Wikipedia entry into your own language
✳ Make our event global: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/March_15
✳ Make #FREEBASSEL t-shirts from the FREEBASSEL Avatar: http://freebassel.org
✳ Print out #FREEBASSEL Posters, and put them up all over your city
✳ Take pictures of your meeting raising your cups to #FREEBASSEL
✳ Create #FREEBASSEL artwork
✳ Write a #FREEBASSEL song
✳ Make a video to #FREEBASSEL, post on the web
✳ Write a blog-post or news article about #FREEBASSELDAY
✳ Release software into the public domain dedicated to #FREEBASSELDAY
✳ Release audio, video, image and texts dedicated to #FREEBASSELDAY
✳ If your country has diplomatic relations with Syria, present a letter to the counsul demanding freedom for Bassel. If your country does not have diplomatic relations with Syria, present a letter to the Russian Federation counsul asking Russia to urge their ally Syria to release Bassel. A letter is currently being drafted for each situation. 


#FREEBASSEL is a campaign to bring about the safe and immediate release of Bassel Khartabil from wrongful detainment in Syria since March 2012. He is a well known contributor to global software and culture communities like Creative Commons, Mozilla Firefox, Wikipedia, Open Clip Art Library, Fabricatorz, and Sharism. He is missed by these communities, his family, friends and loved ones. The campaign says, "We will not stop campaigning for him until we see him as a free global citizen once again."

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GOAL: Expand this idea towards conclusion and announcement beginning on Monday, March 11 for events that will happen globally on Friday, March 15.


Global supporters of seeing a #FREEBASSEL. This includes Creative Commons, Mozilla, Wikipedians, Open Source software developers, EFF advocates, freedom and copyright fighters everywhere.


Set of global events and parties to join together people wanting a #FREEBASSEL.


Your city and town! List it here: http://freebasselday.org


March 15, 2013, the 1 year anniversary of Bassel Khartibil being illegally detained


To raise awareness about Bassel being detained, to increase pressure to release him, and to create quality time between people to discuss and #FREEBASSEL.


Here is how you can help!

✳ list the city, organizer (person and group), venue, time, and actions you will take
✳ list what you will do with your group, time, and location
✳ list how you will promote the event
✳ do it!
✳ LIVE: Use the FREEBASSEL Tweetwall: http://wall.freebassel.org/

Austin (SXSW Week)
✳ Organizer: Barry Threw
✳ Venue:  http://www.takobarestaurant.com/
✳ Time: 5-7PM
✳ Action(s): Talk about Bassel.
✳ Notes: barry@fabricatorz.com

✳ Organizer: Anonymous
✳ Venue: All places of commerce with a screen
✳ Action(s): Put http://wall.freebassel.org at the apple store and other screen locations
✳ Notes: Take pictures of it!

Hong Kong
✳ Organizer: Jenny Hui    
✳ Venue: Joyce is not here bar, Peel street, Central. 
✳ Time: March 15th at 7pm
✳ Action(s): Gather people Celecbrate #freebasselday!  we have some stickers with #freebassel and sign the support letter and celebrate that Bassel alive and as a blessing Bassel. He will be free soon!  
✳ Notes: Anyone would join with us please email me piano_317@hotmail.com

✳ Organizer: Gloria Chiang
✳ Venue: Everywhere
✳ Time:March 15th at 3:15pm
✳ Action(s):Posters with #freebassel will be put up all over London with instructions to tweet, retweet, Instagram and visual retweet at 3:15pm
✳ Notes: Anyone in London to print out the poster and stick it in your neighbourhood and spread the word via word-of-mouth and/or whichever social media you prefer. Please e-mail me keymistress@gmail.com for more information or further suggestions.

San Francisco
✳ Organizer: Creative Commons (Jessica Coates), Wikimedia, EFF
✳ Venue: Wikimedia offices - 149 New Montgomery Street, 3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
✳ Time: 5pm-7pm
✳ Action(s): FreeBassel activities including crafts, slideshows and a Freed Bassel photo shoot
✳ Notes: if you want to join, just turn up with a contribution of food or drinks, or email me at jessica@creativecommons.org for more details

New Orleans
✳ Organizer: Spencer Young
✳ Venue: LSU/Xavier/Tulane/Loyola
✳ Time: March 15, all day
✳ Action(s): visiting nola campuses and spreading the word / handing out flyers
✳ Notes: @globsterlitter is leading this. Join him. 504-338-6692

New Orleans
✳ Organizer: Spencer Young
✳ Venue: Xavier, Science Building Room 544
✳ Time: Tuesday March 19, 12p
✳ Action(s): Discussing #FREEBASSEL with Xavier students
✳ Notes: @globsterlitter is leading this. Join him. 504-338-6692

✳ Organizer: @reJon / @moltke 
✳ Venue: c-base (http://www.c-base.org/)
✳ Time: 8PM CET    
✳ Action(s): Spread the word
✳ Notes: Jon main shaker / mover. That's true I will be there wearing my red hat @freebassel @rejon tribute!

✳ Organizer: Melanie Dulong CC-FR, Primavera De Filippi OKFN-FR
✳ Venue: syrian restaurant L'Agate, 14 boulevard Bonne Nouvelle, Paris from 19:30
✳ Time: online all week + Friday night in Paris
✳ Action(s): online information campaign + meet up in restaurant
✳ Notes: https://etherpad.mozilla.org/WJBMlzHMIa
* Press: we signed with different groups an article in French national journal Liberation, paper version Friday 15, online in the evening at http://www.liberation.fr/monde/2013/03/14/freebassel_888644
* Blog posts:

✳ Organizer:  Maarten Zeinstra CC-NL & Thijs van Exel Kennisland
✳ Venue: 
✳ Time: Thu night & Friday
✳ Action(s): Spreading #freebassel cardboard around the city and country. See description below. Photos will come available from Thu night
✳ Notes: a warning  about the case, organizing a simple meeting with activists , putting  posters on CC Mauritania pages.... publishing articles about the case in  website, blogs....
CC-NL intends to create a poster with information, print it on cardboard and place it behind bars and gating as to mimic a prison, with references to #freebassel. Here is the file: http://creativecommons.nl/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/free-bassel.psd

✳ Organizer: Alper Cugun
✳ Venue: De Bastaard
✳ Action: distributing #freebassel posters
✳ Notes: https://twitter.com/alper
* The first(?) 2 Freebassel posters are placed next to the main bikelane from/to Utrecht Central Station and the city center. See http://www.flickr.com/photos/bjornw/sets/72157633004617820/

Doha, Qatar
✳ Organizer: Bilal Randeree
✳ Venue: 
✳ Time:
✳ Action(s):
✳ Notes: not sure yet. Will reach out to the guys who are still at AJ and try to come up with some ideas..

✳ Organizer: Agata Jałosińska / Agata Jalosinska/ jagataj
✳ Venue: not sure if there will be an event
✳ Time:all day
✳ Action(s):wikipedia entry translation - done, speaking before meeeting with Stallman - done; wroting letter to europarliament and humant rights org - in progress;
probably I'll do information campaign but in this action I'll try to integrate Polish organizations,  non-profits who work for free/open internet to do it together, as a commons action. I'll ask them to sent info among their friends and supporters, to sign the petition. Tweeting, posting. Not sure if I'll be able to organize an event. Keep you posted about it.
✳ Notes: 

Ventura, California, USA
✳ Organizer: Pete Ippel pete@hypermodern.net twitter:@hypermodern
✳ Venue: 175 S. Ventura Avenue, Studio 213, Working Artists Ventura complex https://plus.google.com/107387877088946818028/about?gl=US&hl=en-US
✳ Time: 3PM - 7PM
✳ Action(s): FreeBassel window mural, shirt remixes, and community activism via social media
✳Notes: Art studio will be open, and bring all the acrylic paint you can, paint pen markers for glass.  Potential for video broadcast to Ustream.

Chicago, USA
✳ Organizer: Michelle Thorne
✳ Venue: Sheraton Towers at #DML2013 conference, 3rd floor lobby
✳ Time: 6-7pm
✳ Action(s): Hanging posters in downtown Chicago
✳ Notes: 

✳ Organizer: Christopher Adams, Daisy Lin
✳ Venue: House of H+C
✳ Time: March 15
✳ Action(s): Blasting #freebassel on the Beautiful Island
✳ Notes: christopher@fabricatorz.com

✳Organizer: Rewan Al-Haddad 
✳Venue: Inman Square 
✳Time: March 15 11pm 
✳Action: plastering Cambridge with #FreeBassel flyers 
✳Notes: so far it's just me, if you want to join email rewan@avaaz.org and we can coordinate

✳Oraganizer: Landon Taylor landon@fabricatorz.com @landon_taylor
✳Venue: Lucky's Everyday 1217 E. Douglas
✳Time: March 15 7p
✳Action: posting and spreading #freebassel flyers and spreading the word