Anas is a well known blogger in Syria and beyond. Apart from his personal blog, Anas Online, he ran a number of tech-blogs and projects, most prominently, Ardroid, which was the first Arabic-language blog to focus on Google’s Android OS.
His arrest prompted a campaign for his release. A dedicated blog was set-up, as well as a Facebook page and a Twitter hash tag, #FreeAnas. Many Arabic tech-blogs participated in the campaign, starting with his own pet-project, Ardroid [ar]:
You may have been wondering about the disappearance of our friend Anas Maarawi, whom, we’ve become used to his special daily articles on this blog. Anas was detained on Friday 1-7-2011, in Kafarsouseh, Damascus. And we have had no information about him since.
Anas Maarawi is one of the finest of Syria’s younger generation. He’s a blogger, web developer, and an open-source enthusiast. He’s also the founder of Ardroid.
Tech-World, another Arabic tech-blog, wrote about Anas’ arrest [ar]:
I first met Anas Maarawi through his dedicated Android blog, Ardoroid. And I had the honor to meet him at the last ArabNet conference. He was and still is one of the finest Syrians I know. I was very dismayed about the news of his arrest a week ago. I’ve always knew that Anas was far from politics and most of his writings on his personal blog were about technology or general ideas, and only a few simple things about politics. I hope the Syrian authorities release Anas soon. People like him are to be proud of, not detained.
Sourced from GlobalVoicesOnline.org
Written by Yazan Badran
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