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Bassel Khartabil

Personal Info

  • Country of residence: Syria
  • Gender: Male
  • Born in: 1981
  • Age: 41
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Bassel Khartabil, also known as Bassel Safadi, (born May 22, 1981 in Damascus, executed October 3, 2015) is a Syrian-Palestinian software developer who worked in the open source field. He was arrested in Adra prison in Damascus, on March 15, 2012, which coincides with the first anniversary of the Syrian revolution until October 3, 2015, when he was taken to an unknown location, by order of the military court where the death sentence was carried out.


Bassel Khatabil Safadi

Basel was born and raised in Syria, to a Palestinian father and a Syrian mother, where he specialized in the development of open source software. In 2010, he worked as a technical director and co-founder of the first hacker lab in Damascus, Aiki Lab, and was the technical director of Al-Aws Publishing Company, a research publishing institution specialized in archaeological sciences and arts. in Syria. Basel has also worked as a project manager for Creative Commons Syria, and has contributions to Mozilla Firefox, Wikipedia, Open Clip Art, Fabricators, and Sharesm. He pioneered the opening of Internet service in Syria, and the dissemination of knowledge and the way to access it to all Syrians.


His most recent work is a 3D rendering of the ancient city of Palmyra, Syria, a real-time visualization and development of Fabricators for the Aiki Framework web development platform.


On October 21, 2015, the New Palmyra Project was established to resume Basel's work on a 3D model as well as other innovative approaches to the data available on Palmyra.


On October 22, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab offered a researcher position at the Center for Civil Media to work with Ethan Zuckerman on projects that make Syria's history accessible to the world.


personal life

Basel was arrested a few days before his wedding to Nora Ghazi, a lawyer and human rights activist, and the signing of the marriage contract. It was later signed with Basil in prison. Basel and Noura first meet while returning from a demonstration in Douma.


On Valentine's Day 2015, Noura published a love letter she sent to Bassel, in which she expresses how she feels about the events in Syria while Bassel is in prison.

Achievements and Awards


Basel ranked nineteenth on Foreign Policy's list of the best global thinkers, along with Rima Dali, for "insisting on the peacefulness of the Syrian revolution against all circumstances."


On March 21, 2013, Basel was awarded the Censorship Index award in the field of digital freedoms.


Although he was detained at that time in Adra prison, Bassel succeeded in conveying his gratitude through Dana Trometer and John Phillips, who received the award on his behalf. .




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