As we bloggers of the western world play around with our words and fine the tune our themes, in other parts of the world blogging is a serious business. Putting your thoughts down in a blog can get you sentenced to ten years in jail and a thousand lashes.
Raif Badawi is a Saudi Arabian blogger. The Guardian takes a look at the sort of writing that gets you sentenced to one thousand lashes. Writings like this;
Read the full article here
He was due to have the second series of fifty lashes today – after Friday prayers – but it was postponed on medical grounds.
Amnesty International reports;
“Not only does this postponement on health grounds expose the utter brutality of this punishment, it underlines its outrageous inhumanity. The notion that Raif Badawi must be allowed to heal so that he can suffer this cruel punishment again and again is macabre and outrageous. Flogging should not be carried out under any circumstances,” said Said Boumedouha, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa Programme.
Amnesty International is trying to have his sentence overturned. Read about it on their website and what you can do to help.