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digital citizen media, ict with a focus on Central Asia and the Middle East.

The longread about Bassel, the young Syrian digital activist who grows into a spider in the web of the digital revolution in Syria is available in English now.  ‘Bassel, behind the screens of the Syrian Resistance’ tells the true story of the turbulent life of this digital activist who eventually has to pay a heavy price, like so many others.

“… then came back another measuring video man take more videos. have fight with GF, then go out convince someone not to commit a suicide he / she already took too many pills so take her / him to a doctor as well, solved next, go back have another fight with tech guy. open email to find a huge stack of tasks and questions, reply to some then work on another TV report …. (Facebook post of Bassel, 22 December 2011)

The longread is avaliable at Amazon,  Google Play iTunes, Smashwords and Kobe

‘The piece also provides context around Khartabil’s capture by including a great amount of detail about the Syrian protests and the technical difficulties around smuggling video outside of Syria.’ according to a review on CNET.

An article on #FreeBassel day (15th March) published on Global Voices Online

For an excerpt of the story look here.

For more information see this scroll and earlier posts below (most in Dutch).

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