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Published Monday 19/12/2011 (updated) 20/12/2011 17:33
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Syrian blogger Razan Ghazzawi speaks during a
conference on youth journalism in Cairo in May 2011.
Syrian authorities arrested Ghazzawi on Dec. 4, who
was traveling to Jordan to attend a conference on
freedom of the press in the region. (REUTERS/HO)
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian authorities have released on bail a US-born blogger who was arrested two weeks ago and charged with trying to incite sectarian strife, a media rights group said.

The Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression said Razan Ghazzawi was released on Sunday night on bail of 15,000 pounds ($270), but that she still faced trial.

The group called for all charges to be dropped against Ghazzawi, who was arrested on Dec. 4 as she tried to cross from Syria into Jordan to attend a conference on freedom of the press in the Middle East.

A group of Palestinian bloggers issued a statement last week a urging Syrian authorities to release Ghazzawi, who they lauded for her solidarity with Palestinians.

Ghazzawi, 30, is among scores of bloggers and journalists arrested since an uprising against Syrian President Bashar Assad erupted nine months ago.

The United Nations says more than 5,000 people have been killed in Assad's crackdown on the protests. Authorities say more than 1,100 soldiers and security force members have been killed in violence they blame on "armed terrorist groups."
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