Solidarity with Raif Badawi

Raif BadawiWe seldom make political points unrelated to ecommerce on Tamebay, but Chris and I have been so moved by the plight of Raif Badawi in Saudi Arabia that we wanted to speak up for him.

Blogger Raif Sadawi called for free speech to be respected in Saudi Arabia. That has constituted a crime and now he has been fined and imprisoned for 10 years and will also face 1000 lashes in punishment

It started today when he received 50 lashes and it will continue every week for 20 weeks, until 1000 lashes have been delivered. Each week after Friday prayers Badawi will be led out into the square overlooked by al-Jafali mosque in Jeddah. His hands will be tied and he will be flogged on his back.

In a week where we’ve all had cause to reflect on the importance of free speech and a free press, it’s hard not to be appalled by this action on a blogger. As bloggers ourselves enjoying the rights that Sadawi advocates, Chris and I feel very strongly that the Saudi government should commute his sentence.

That’s why we’ve signed the Amnesty petition. And we hope you will consider doing so too.