Freedom of Speech Violation in Saudi Arabia

  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.
Works Cited
“Saudi Arabia: Free Blogger Publicly Flogged.” Saudi Arabia: Free Blogger Publicly Flogged. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Mar. 2015.
“Saudi Arabia’s Human Rights Record – CNN Video.” CNN. Cable News Network, n.d. Web. 31 Mar. 2015.

3 thoughts on “Freedom of Speech Violation in Saudi Arabia

  1. This is a really bad infringement of rights. Are there any surrounding governments trying to interfere, because this feels like something that would happen in 1607, not 2015. This also doesn’t look good for the inclusion of religions other than Islam in the Middle East. Accepting other religions in Saudi Arabia (they don’t even have to “legitimize” the other religions, they just need to not execute people for expressing different views) could really help with the advancement of this country. Around the world, the most developed countries have religious freedom, and if I were Saudi Arabia I would want to join those ranks.


  2. Your topic is extremely interesting and very closely related to my topic on human trafficking. Your post made me realize how lucky we are to live in the U.S. like you said. It’s easy to forget sometimes that not everyone has the same freedom of speech rights like we do here. Have there been any movements to try and overthrow the king, or any protest to stop killing innocent people for expressing their point of view? The fact that the writer got that redicoulous sentence was mind blowing to me. That all it takes is a simple post similar to this for a persons rights to be infringed in Sadi Arabia. I think that as long as people keep dying from speaking their mind, no one will speak up and attempt to stand up for their rights.


  3. I totally agree with your opinion. Strides should be taken to have more freedom of religion in this region of the word. I believe if there was more freedom of religion there would be much less human rights violations in the way of woman’s rights and other violations of Islam that cause so much violence. While I totally agree Islam has its place in the world I also believe that people who choose to speak out against it have the right to do so.


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