In Saudi Arabia, Raif Badawi, a Saudi Arabian blogger, expressed his opinions about freedom of religion online. These opinions did not agree with the government, so upon hearing of this, the government convicted of the blogger of “insulting Islam through electronic channels”. The blogger was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment and 1000 public lashes by whip. To fulfill his sentencing, the blogger will have to be whipped publicly 50 times every Sunday until the 1000 lashes is completed. Unfortunately, this is not the first instance of violation of freedom of speech in Saudi Arabia. Recently, a public speaker was executed for “breaking allegiance with the ruler” . Last year in Saudi Arabia, 41 people were executed for non-violent offenses–one of the highest rates in the world. These events create fear in Saudi Arabia and oppresses people with individualistic ideas, which gives citizens a sense of hopelessness. The right to freedom of speech is fundamental, and to be denied this right is a tragedy. The king of Saudi Arabia should over turn the blogger’s conviction and sentence because it sends a bad message to the citizens of Saudi Arabia and to the rest of the world.
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