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“For Bassel” A tribute and memorial to Syrian-Palestianian open-source software engineer Bassel Khartabil.

“For Bassel”
A tribute and memorial to Syrian-Palestianian open-source software engineer Bassel Khartabil

 

Source: Wikimedia Commons

Bassel Khartabil was a Syrian-Palestinian open-source software engineer and evangelist for Syrian engagement with the Internet, fostering global lines of communication as his country folded in upon itself.  Following confirmation on August 1st 2017 that he had been secretly sentenced and executed in October 2015 after three years in prison, we pay tribute with a mix of sounds and interviews from many sources, including the tributary himself, his writings from prison, conversations with friends and colleagues, and music inspired by his work.  This episode is a tribute to Bassel and an homage to the complexities of freedom of expression, freedom of thought, and the right to live peacefully, in dignity and without fear of retribution for one’s beliefs

 

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