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Monday, March 03, 2008

Video: Arab blogger, Fouad Al-Farhan, jailed

Ahmad Fouad Al-Farhan, an Arab blogger - see our story below - and a resident of Jeddah, was arrested at his workplace by police on December 10. Authorities are holding him in prison without charges.
Below is an excellent video report that includes clips from other Arab bloggers.
Some of Al-Farhan's top 25 reasons for blogging: (as posted on his blog which authorities objected to)
2. Because societies do not progress until they learn to respect opinions of their members. And we would like to see our society progressing.
3. Because blogging is our only option. We do not have a free media, and freedom to assemble is not allowed.
18. Because our religion encourages us to speak out.

19. Because we are sick and tired of the Saudi media hypocrisy.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Despite the right of freedom of speech, as a Saudi, Al-Farhan should've been more careful about what to publish in his blog because all Saudis know what happens when you criticize their government. [a Saudi friend and I] have mixed feelings about the whole issue. There's still a long way to go in Saudi, I always say Saudi Arabia today is like the 1950's in the West. I think that what Al-Farhan did was both courageous and dare I say, stupid :S

4:28 AM  
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12:11 AM  
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1:23 PM  

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