Saudi Arabia Punishes Blogger with Flogging, Imprisonment

Washington

In response to Saudi Arabia sentencing the blogger Raif Badawi to 10 years imprisonment and 1,000 lashes for allegedly insulting Islam, and authorities publicly flogging him today, Freedom House issued the following statement:

“Saudi Arabia’s arrest and conviction of Raif Badawi in 2012 for his online political activism was the kingdom’s attempt to stifle free speech and peaceful political dissent, and the court’s sentence is a flagrant violation of human rights and common decency,” said Robert Herman, vice-president for international programs. “He is being brutally punished for exercising rights that international agreements guarantee to all, including all Saudis.”

Saudi Arabia is ranked Not Free in Freedom in the World 2014, Not Free in Freedom of the Press 2014, and Not Free in Freedom on the Net 2014

 

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