UPDATED on 9th of January, 2015
Raif Badawi had been sentenced to flogging with 1 000 lashes and 5 years in jail. For more info, click here.
The website is in Arabic, but since it is easy to get translated (not well, but understandably), please, feel free to visit the site ‘Free Saudi Liberals’.
According to Human Rights Watch, that website’s creator Ra’if Badawi has been arrested and charged under the cyber-crimes law for having created and operated this website. Apparently, providing a forum where people can discuss matters of concern ‘infringes on religious values’.
He is also criminally charged with ‘not obeying his father’…
‘Court documents show the evidence against Badawi includes a post on the website that asks, “is God unjust?”, sarcastic remarks about the Saudi religious police and a senior scholar, and a post that asks, “why is Saudi’s Grand Mufti blind?”‘
Online political forums are important to society.
And, it is not only in Saudi Arabia that online forums are targeted by censors. Right here, in Canada, the methods may be civil rather than criminal law, but, the impulse to censor is the same. At least here, we can help people who are unfairly targeted raise the funds for their defense.