BEIRUT

Middle East

Syria releases US-born blogger

Syrian blogger Razan Ghazzawi speaks during a conference on youth journalism by German broadcaster Deutsche Welle in Cairo May 2011. (REUTERS/Handout)

BEIRUT: Syrian authorities have released a U.S.-born blogger and press freedom campaigner who was arrested at the border while on her way to attend a conference in Jordan.

Razan Ghazzawi was detained Dec. 4 and charged last week with fomenting sectarian strife and spreading false information through a secret organization - charges punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

The Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression, where she worked, said in a statement Monday that Ghazzawi was freed Sunday night on bail.

It said that Ghazzawi would still stand trial at a later, unspecified date.

Ghazzawi is among dozens of Syrian bloggers and activists who have been arrested in during the nine-month uprising against Syrian President Bashar Assad.

 

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