Razan Ghazzawi released on bail

Cairo, 19 December 2011

The Syrian authorities released the blogger Razan Ghazzawi on bail of 15 thousand SP (approx. 300$) after charging her of “weakening national awareness and stirring racial and sectarian strife “, and “founding Coordination of Damascus Suburbs”.

Syrian activist and blogger Razan Ghazawi had been detained on 4 December by the immigration police at the Syria-Jordan border as she was on her way to the “Forum of Media Freedom Defenders in the Arab World” in Amman, organized by the Center for Defending Freedom of Journalists.

Ghazawi is a media coordinator at the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression. She launched her own blog, “Razaniyyat”, in 2009. She is also a member of the cultural committee “A Club for Everyone” and winner of the poetry award from the University of Balamand in Lebanon.

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