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Saudi editor gets 600 lashes and jail for liberal website



31 July 2013: The editor of a Saudi Arabian social website has been sentenced to seven years in prison and 600 lashes for founding an Internet forum that violates Islamic values and propagates liberal thought, Saudi media reported on Tuesday. Raif Badawi, who started the “Free Saudi Liberals” website, to discuss the role of religion in Saudi Arabia, has been held since June 2012 on charges of cyber crime and disobeying his father – a crime in the conservative kingdom. Al-Watan newspaper said the judge had also ordered the closure of the website. Badawi’s website included articles that were critical of senior religious figures such as the Grand Mufti, according to Human Rights Watch.
Source: Ucan




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