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Saudi Arabia: Free Editor Ra'if Badawi Held Under Cybercrime LawLetter by William Gomes Salem-News.com
Badawi had been living away from his home for months to avoid a run-in with the police.
(SALEM) - A journalist in Saudi Arabia has been targeted by authorities and arrested and charged with violating a 2007 Cybercrime law.
Americans see these laws as reasonable and just because they often pertain to crimes against children and other predatory issues. But not in Saudi Arabia; in this religious nation ruled by hardcore Islamic fundamentalists, all you have to do to be charged with Cybercrime is dissent from the government.
Free speech is guaranteed by international law. However even the American politicians have no problem being allied with the Wahhabi Saudi government that heavily discriminates against women and Jewish people.
It's a big steaming bowl of contradiction soup.
One promising hope exists though in Riyadh; there have been recent changes implemented and one is the inclusion of women in the world Olympic Games. Perhaps Saudi officials can take a clue from their own progress and drop the nagging case against this popular Saudi blogger who deserves to be able to publish content that is objectionable, only then will this nation really be on a track for the future.
Salem-News.com Human Rights Ambassador William Nicholas Gomes is a Bangladeshi journalist, human rights activist and author was born on 25 December, 1985 in Dhaka. As an investigative journalist he wrote widely for leading European and Asian media outlets.
He is also active in advocating for free and independent media and journalists’ rights, and is part of the free media movement, Global Independent Media Center – an activist media network for the creation of radical, accurate, and passionate telling of the truth. He worked for Italian news agency Asianews.it from year 2009 to 2011, on that time he was accredited as a free lance journalist by the press information department of Bangladesh. During this time he has reported a notable numbers of reports for the news agency which were translated into Chinese and Italian and quoted by notable number of new outlets all over the world.He, ideologically, identifies himself deeply attached with anarchism. His political views are often characterized as “leftist” or “left-wing,” and he has described himself as an individualist anarchist.
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