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About[edit]

This page is for drafting the text for a CentralNotice message that has been proposed to address the threat of life to Wikipedia editor Bassel Khartabil.

Proposed banner text[edit]

(previously known as "alternative 7" with additional revisions)

Wikipedia volunteer and open web developer Bassel Khartabil may face a death sentence in Syria.

We seek his immediate and unconditional release by the Syrian government. You can help.

Act now!

Proposed banner design[edit]

freebassel_2015 (Preview on-wiki)

Earlier banner text alternatives[edit]

Alternative 1[edit]

Amnesty International reports that our fellow Wikipedian Bassel Khartabil may have been sentenced to death by the Syrian government. Not only do we seek news about his fate, we also seek his immediate release. Wikipedians seek to bring information that is of a neutral point of view. All the more reason to seek the safety of Bassel.

Alternative 2[edit]

Amnesty International reports that our fellow Wikipedian Bassel Khartabil may have been sentenced to death by the Syrian government. The Wikimedian movement has always believed in freedom of expression and access to knowledge. As a community, we seek news about his fate, and for his immediate release. #FreeBassel

Alternative 3[edit]

Volunteer and Wikipedia editor Bassel Khartabil has reportedly been sentenced to death by the Syrian government. We seek his immediate release. Learn more.

Alternative 4 (provides context; based on #2)[edit]

(archived to talk page by author; #5 is better)

Alternative 5 (provides context; based on #4; shorter and avoids mention of AI)[edit]

Our fellow Wikipedian Bassel Khartabil may have been sentenced to death by the Syrian government. His work for freedom of expression and access to information is believed to be the cause for his imprisonment. Wikimedia community members seek news about his fate, and call for his immediate release. #FreeBassel

Alternative 6 (based on #5)[edit]

Volunteer Wikipedia editor Bassel Khartabil may face a death penalty imposed by the Syrian government. His work for freedom of expression and access to information has made him a political prisoner. Wikipedia community members seek news about his fate, and call for his immediate release. #FreeBassel

Alternative 7[edit]

Wikipedia volunteer Bassel Khartabil may face death penalty as a result of his work for freedom of expression and access to information. We seek his immediate and unconditional release by the Syrian government. You can help — act now.

Earlier banner designs[edit]

Concept 1[edit]

Photo used: File:Bassel Khartabil (Safadi).jpg by Joi Ito

Free Bassel CentralNotice banner concept 1.png


Concept 2[edit]

Photo used: File:Bassel Khartabil (Safadi).jpg by Joi Ito

Free Bassel CentralNotice banner concept 2.png