#freebassel

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

The Jimmy Wales Foundation and Bassel Khartabil


Hi, everybody, Jimmy Wales here. Today is March 15th. This is an important anniversary for two reasons. For the world, this is the fifth anniversary of the beginnings of the Syrian conflict. For me personally, and a lot of the other people who are in the Wikipedia movement, the open source movement, it's the fourth anniversary of Bassel's detainment in Syria. Four days from now we're going to be holding protests in many different cities around the world. You can see the list here on the website. The real question we're trying to put out to the world, the message that we want you to carry to your friends, to your family, to the media everywhere is: "Where is Bassel? We need to know what is going on with Bassel."
— Jimmy Wales March 15, 2016
Hi, I'm Jimmy Wales. If you've heard of me at all it's probably because you've heard of Wikipedia, which I set up. What you probably don't know about me is that I've set up a new foundation called the Jimmy Wales Foundation for freedom of expression. What we're mainly focused on is cases where people are being oppressed for perfectly peaceful speech online: bloggers, people who are using Twitter or Facebook in different places around the world, who have run into legal trouble for doing things that are absolutely not controversial. There's a lot of this going on in the world. The current case that I'm really, really campaigning for is the case of Bassel [Khartabil]. He was a Wikipedia volunteer who had done some fantastic work on 3d modeling of Palmyra, who was arrested and arbitrarily detained. It's a huge deal; go out and find out about it, but get involved in all of these cases. If you know of a case in your country of someone who's being oppressed, please do get in touch with us.
— Jimmy Wales March 10, 2016