Syrian blogger Razan Ghazzawi was arrested yesterday while trying to leave Syria via the Jordanian border. Razan was on her way to a conference in Amman about defending the freedom of the media in the Arab World when she was detained. Razan has a master’s degree in comparative literature from the University of Balamand in Lebanon, and she is the author of razanghazzawi.com where she defends freedom of expression. Additionally, she has been one of the few Arabic activists who advocates for the rights of homosexuals in the Arab World.
Razan is a unique case among her fellow activists and bloggers in Syria. She writes in her real name while most of the activists in Syria use the program "TOR" for their protection from surveillance.
Activists have published a picture of Razan Ghazzawi with the detained Egyptian blogger Alaa Abdel Fattah and the Bahraini blogger Ali Abdulemam from a 2008 conference they attended in Budapest.