Syria arrests iconic blogger Ghazzawi for second time, lawyer states

AFP , Thursday 16 Feb 2012

During a raid on a media centre in Damascus, Syrian security forces arrest blogger Ghazzawi, activist Darwish and 12 others

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Razan Ghazzawi speaks at a conference on youth journalism in Cairo in May, 2011(Photo:Reuters)

Security forces on Thursday arrested blogger Razan Ghazzawi, icon of the 11-month uprising in Syria, along with rights activist Mazen Darwish and 12 others, opposition figures said.

Human rights lawyer Anwar Bunni said Ghazzawi was arrested in an early afternoon raid on the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression, which is located in central Damascus and is headed by Darwish.

"We at the Syrian Centre for Legal Studies condemn these arrests and call on Syrian authorities to immediately release them," Bunni said in a statement.

Opposition figure Louai Hussein earlier told AFP that Darwish's wife was also among those arrested.

This is the second time that Ghazzawi is arrested by the Syrian authorities, the first time being on 4 December 2011 in which she spent 15 days in prison. She was arrested on the Syrian-Jordanian border on her way to a workshop in Amman on press freedom. 

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