Razan Ghazzawi – Blogger Razan Ghazzawi was arrested by Syrian authorities on the Syrian-Jordanian border. Ghazzawi was on her way to Amman to attend a workshop on press freedom in the Arab world prior to the arrest. Her arrest has drawn criticism and anger from bloggers and activists around the world, who called for her immediate release.
She is a US-born Syrian blogger and avid Twitter user, who has contributed to both Global Voices Online and Global Voices Advocacy. She is also one of the few bloggers in Syria who writes under her real name, advocating for the rights of bloggers and activists arrested by the Syrian regime, as well as the rights of gays and minorities.
Her last post, on December 1, celebrates the release of Syrian blogger Hussein Ghrer, who was held by the Syrian authorities for 37 days.
“I was born in the US but never lived there. My parents went to KSA where we lived for 10 years in Jaddah. Then they went back to Syria and now we’re based in Damascus. After I graduated from English literature department in Damascus University, I wanted to pursue my studies so I went to Lebanon and spent five years of my life there,” Ghazzawi said.
“I enjoy photography, drawing cartoons, and writing Arabic articles which I do not do most of the time. I am vegetarian, genderqueer and kind of pissed of at everything. But a person who cries genuinely while watching Daddy Long Legs cartoon,” she added.
Razan was the Media Officer at Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression.
A statement issued by the Center said Ghazzawi was arrested by police and immigration officials at the border. The Local Coordination Committees activist network confirmed her arrest Sunday.
Ghazzawi is a human rights advocate and had been documenting violations and arrests in Syria since the start of the uprising against President Bashar Assad in March.