Blogger Razan Ghazzawi arrested

December 5th, 2011 - 7:42 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Amman, Dec 5 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The Syrian government has arrested a blogger in connection with the current uprising in the country. Razan GHazzawi blogged under her real name and is seen as an influential figure in the uprising that has resulted in the death of thousands of people.

Reuters report that Razan was arrested on her way to a conference in neighboring Jordan. Friends and relatives told the news outlet that Razan was picked up at the border as she presented her passport to the Syrian leaders. Her arrest follows the arrests of several other opposition journalists and bloggers since the uprising started in the country.

Family and friends say Razan was arrested when she was making her way to the conference which was on the subject of press freedom. Her current status is not known as the country’s officials have refused to release information to the press. The country has also barred several independent media outlets from the country.

President Bashar al-Assad’s reign is under threat after protesters demanded his resignation. The administration has cracked down heavily on the protesters resulting in the death of several people. The UN recently acknowledged that Syria is on the verge of civil war after several military men defected and joined the protesters.

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