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Five Years on, Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi’s Family Repeats Call for His Release | Global Voices

Activists are calling for the release of Saudi activist Raif Badawi, who has completed five years of his 10-year sentence in prison.

One of Amnesty International's campaign posters for Raif Badawi. Source: Twitter.

One of Amnesty International’s campaign posters for Raif Badawi. Source: Twitter.

In 2013, a criminal court in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia sentenced Badawi to seven years in prison and 600 lashes on a charge of “insulting Islam through electronic channels”.

Badawi was prosecuted for creating the blog “Saudi Arabian Liberals,” an online forum he launched in 2008 debating the role of religion in the conservative kingdom.

In 2014, his sentence was increased to 10 years and 1,000 lashes.

Source: Five Years on, Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi’s Family Repeats Call for His Release · Global Voices

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