Razan Ghazzawi

Razan Ghazzawi

Blog: http://razanghazzawi.com/
Location: Damascus, Syria
33° 31' 9.4764" N, 36° 18' 48.42" E
Status: Released
Released on 15 Feb 2011

Other arrests: 4 December-19 December, 2011.


Campaign Site: http://tinyurl.com/c5tlff7

On 15 February 2012, Razan Ghazzawi was arrested along with 14 others during a raid on the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression.

Previous Arrest:On 4 December 2011 Syrian authorities have arrested blogger Razan Ghazzawi on the Syrian-Jordanian border. Ghazzawi was on her way to Amman to attend a workshop on press freedom in the Arab world. Her arrest has drawn criticism and anger from bloggers and activists around the world, who called for her immediate release.

Ghazzawi is a US-born Syrian blogger and avid Twitter user, who has contributed to both Global Voices Online and Global Voices Advocacy. She is also one of the few bloggers in Syria who writes under her real name, advocating for the rights of bloggers and activists arrested by the Syrian regime, as well as the rights of gays and minorities.

Eight days after her arrest, Ghazzawi was charged with a list of crimes - refuted by the blogging community and described as a farce.

Among her accusations were “establishing an organization that aims to change the social and economical entity of the state” and “weakening the national sentiment, and trying to ignite sectarian strife,” reported the Lebanese Daily Star at the time.

Razan Ghazzawi has been freed after spending 15 days in a Syrian prison.

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