Lawrence Lessig’s WSJ Article on Bassel Khartabil

Elliot Harmon, January 8th, 2013

Bassel / joi / CC BY

Today in the Wall Street Journal, Creative Commons co-founder Lawrence Lessig has a thoughtful piece about Bassel Khartabil, the longtime CC volunteer who has been detained by Syrian authorities since March.

In late 2012, Foreign Policy named Mr. Khartabil one of this year’s top 100 thinkers. The magazine singled him out for “fostering an open-source community in a country long on the margins of the Internet’s youth culture.”

But Mr. Khartabil wasn’t able to accept that honor. He was arrested in March by Syrian authorities because of his work and has been held — at times in utter isolation — ever since. His family fears the very worst.

Mr. Khartabil isn’t a partisan, aligned with one Syrian faction against another. He represents a future, aligned against a totalitarian past. The Syrian government is fearful of the potential threat to the totalizing control that defines the modern Syrian state. The government thus wants to shut the free-software, free-culture movement down, in a way that only a totalitarian regime can.

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8 Responses to “Lawrence Lessig’s WSJ Article on Bassel Khartabil”

  1. Vahid Qarabagli says:

    Free Bassel Khartabil!

  2. Inderjeet says:

    We demand ‘Freedom of Expression’. Release Khartabil !!!!

  3. Google Phone says:

    What injustice! Bassel Khartabil Free! It’s amazing how the world is…

  4. rakesh says:

    INJUSTICE! i say. He must be freed as soon as possible. more signs needed. leave ur reply down!RELEASE HIM SOON.

  5. free bassel khartabil says:

    free bassel khartabil!

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