7 years of jail just for blogging : #Free Raif

It is now 7 years that Raif Badawi is in jail just for having blogged.

Today was the “birthday” of this event; but can we call a “birthday” an imprisonment?

I don’t think so. I wrote many posts for the liberation of Raif Badawi, and today I add this one as a remembrance of free thought.

Raif Badawi is a prisoner of conscience, and we must not forget him; unlike this, we must fight for his release, especially on social networks and in demonstrations if there is one nearby you live.

There is no protest in favor of his liberation where I live, so I host my own protest on my blog.

This post is my protest; I tweet for him, too, using the actual hashtag #Free Raif.

On this day, I call you to do the same: shame on Saudi Arabia for jailing a man only for his ideas; shame on Saudi Arabia for the lack of free expression.

Raif Badawi has received the Sakharov Prize for free expression, but he received it in jail; his wife received it in his name.

I don’t want to write a post next year, untitled “8 years of jail”.

So, fight by allĀ  means for his liberation. This is not a “birthday”.It’s a sad event recalling us that Saudi Arabia imprisons all its dissents.

This is an activism post, because we all have to act for Raif Badawi.

Tweet for him; attend a protest if you can; become a member of the Raif Badawi Foundation for Freedom in theĀ  Arab World; sign the petition of Amnesty.

In conclusion, be efficient.

The liberation of a man is at stake . Blogging is not a delict, save in Saudi Arabia.

Amnesty International activists protest with a placard reading ‘No flogging for blogging’ against the flogging punishment of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi on January 29, 2015 in front of Saudi Arabia’s embassy to Germany in Berlin. The 30-year-old Saudi has been sentenced to 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam and is serving a 10-year jail term – a case which has drawn widespread international criticism. AFP PHOTO / TOBIAS SCHWARZ

This photo was taken two years ago…

Blogging is a mean of free expression: #Free Raif on this sad day that some call a “birhtday”.


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