Saudi netizen’s whipping could begin Friday

first_img The Saudi authorities may begin tomorrow (Friday) to carry out the public whipping to which website creator Raef Badawi was sentenced in November, Reporters Without Borders has learned from his wife, Ensaf Haidar, who is now a refugee in Canada. RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance Follow the news on Saudi Arabia to go further News News Reporters Without Borders has repeatedly condemned the barbaric nature of this punishment ever since Badawi was sentenced to ten years in prison and 1,000 lashes on 5 November.If the authorities go ahead as Badawi’s wife believes, tomorrow will become Saudi Arabia’s Friday of Shame, with the first of 20 weekly sessions of 50 lashes. The young netizen has been detained since 17 June 2012.“Although Saudi Arabia condemned yesterday’s cowardly attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, it is now preparing to inflict the most barbaric punishment on a citizen who just used his freedom of expression and information, the same freedom that cost the French journalists their lives,” Reporters Without Borders programme director Lucie Morillon said.Reporters Without Borders thanks the 14,000 people who have already signed its petition for Badawi’s release and urges others to show their support by adding their signatures, so that the world does not ignore the inhuman punishment that he may be about to receive. Help by sharing this information Saudi media silent on RSF complaint against MBS News January 8, 2015 – Updated on June 16, 2016 Saudi netizen’s whipping could begin Friday News April 28, 2021 Find out more RSF_en June 8, 2021 Find out more NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Receive email alerts Organisation Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa March 9, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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