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Popular Russian food blogger faces jail under new censorship law

A popular food blogger has become one of the first to be charged under Russia’s ‘fake news’ law which threatens up to 15 years in prison for opposing the Kremlin’s stance on its war on Ukraine . Ukrainian foodie Nika Belotserkovskaya, 51, has confirmed on social media that she has been charged under the draconian […]

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Saudi Arabia frees blogger Raif Badawi after 10 years in prison – JURIST

The Saudi government on Friday released blogger and human rights activist Raif Badawi after a 10-year prison sentence, his wife Ensaf Haider confirmed. Badawi founded an online forum, “Free Saudi Liberals”, which encouraged discussion of secularism and liberal religious practices. His writings were also critical of the Islamic clergy. He was arrested in June 2012 […]

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Saudi Arabia. 10-year travel ban for freed blogger Raif Badawi | Human Rights News

Badawi, a prominent human rights activist who spent 10 years in prison, was arrested in 2012 and charged with “insulting Islam”. Saudi Arabia has upheld a 10-year travel ban on freed blogger and activist Raif Badawi, who has become a symbol of freedom of expression around the world. Badawi, now 38, arrested and imprisoned in […]

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Saudi blogger reportedly freed after ten years in prison :: WRAL.com

By The Associated Press MONTREAL – Saudi blogger and activist Raif Badawi, whose conviction sparked widespread international outrage, was released on Friday after a decade in prison for criticizing the country’s conservative religious establishment, his Quebec-based wife confirmed. Ensaf Haidar, who lives with the couple’s three children in the city of Sherbrooke, tweeted that the […]

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Saudi blogger Raif Badawi released from prison | Human Rights News

Badawi’s wife, Ensaf Haidar, says she spoke to Badawi, who served a 10-year sentence for “insulting Islam”. Saudi blogger Raif Badawi has been released from prison in Saudi Arabia after serving a ten-year prison sentence. Badawi’s wife, Ensaf Haidar, who lives in Canada with the couple’s three children, announced the news on Twitter and also […]

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Saudi blogger Raif Badawi released after 10 years in prison

Published on: 03/11/2022 – 19:10 Saudi blogger Raif Badawi has been released from prison in Saudi Arabia after serving a 10-year sentence for advocating an end to religious influence in public life, his wife announced on Friday. “Raif called me. He is free,” his wife Ensaf Haidar, who lives in Canada with their children, told […]

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RSF and the Giordano Bruno Foundation call for the release of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi

The silence of the Saudi authorities is endless. Badawi is still being held despite having served his 10-year sentence for “insulting Islam” which he received on appeal in 2014. Badawi’s detention has always been considered arbitrary by RSF, by the Giordano Bruno Foundation, which awarded him its Deschner Prize in 2016, and by many other […]

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Amnesty calls for the release of a Saudi blogger after his sentence expires

Published on: 05/03/2022 – 09:00 Beirut (AFP) – Amnesty International has called for the release of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi after he served his “unjust” 10-year prison sentence this week. The 38-year-old, who was sentenced to 1,000 lashes and a decade in prison, was “arbitrarily detained solely for freely expressing his views”, according to a […]

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Saudi Arabia: Blogger Raif Badawi still in prison after serving his ten-year sentence

Protesters outside the Saudi Embassy in London in 2015 © Amnesty International A human rights defender was whipped 50 times in a public square in Jeddah in 2015 Authorities have trumpeted ‘reforms’ in the Kingdom as Badawi languishes in jail “Raif Badawi spent a decade behind bars solely for exercising his right to freedom of […]

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Wife hopes Saudi blogger Raif Badawi will be freed soon

Saudi blogger Raif Badawi’s family say they expect him to be released soon as he nears the end of his 10-year sentence for advocating an end to religious influence on public life in Saudi Arabia . Saudi blogger Raif Badawi’s family say they expect him to be released soon as he nears the end of […]

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The Quebec family of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi hopes he will soon be released

The family of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi say his release may be imminent, a decade after he was imprisoned in Saudi Arabia for criticizing religious figures and promoting liberal views on Islam. Badawi, whose wife and three children now live in Quebec’s Eastern Townships, was arrested in 2012 and initially sentenced to 1,000 lashes, 10 […]

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Prominent blogger Seved Hossein Ronaghi Maleki arrested in Iran after critical tweets

Washington, DC, February 24, 2022 — Iranian authorities should immediately release blogger Seyed Hossein Ronaghi Maleki and drop all charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Thursday. On Wednesday, February 23, the Tehran home of Ronaghi Maleki, an independent blogger and free speech activist who posts critical of the government on social media, […]

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Famous blogger warned of criminal liability in car explosion

Well-known blogger Mikhail Litvin faces up to five years in prison for blowing up his friend’s car for a YouTube channel. Lev Tropin, a lawyer for the TOPgroup alliance, warned of criminal liability that could threaten a blogger who destroys someone else’s property in a comment to News.ru. The lawyer said that Lytvyn’s actions could […]

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Watchdog says Uzbekistan failed to investigate alleged mistreatment of jailed blogger

Human Rights Watch (HRW) says Uzbek authorities have failed to investigate allegations of ill-treatment and torture of Uzbek Muslim blogger Fozilxoja Orifxojaev in prison. Orifxojaev, known for his articles criticizing the Central Asian nation’s authoritarian government for its restrictive religious policies, was sentenced on January 26 to 7 and a half years in prison in […]

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Uzbek blogger jailed for Facebook post

A court in Uzbekistan has sentenced a Muslim blogger to seven and a half years in prison for what many people do every day: posting an innocuous message on Facebook. On January 26, the Almazar District Criminal Court in Tashkent found Muslim blogger and government spokesperson Fazilhoja Arifhojaev guilty of threatening public safety by reposting […]

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79. Reax from pol. consulting on false rumor that Daytona blogger turned child sex pervert, David Lee Davis, died in prison: ‘Let the guy rot’

Count them back: For better or worse, here’s the Headline Surfer countdown of 2021’s 2021 biggest Central Florida stories along the tourist stretch of Interstate 4 east of I-95 and the world’s most famous beach in Daytona). Each recap segment is released with its own headline, culminating with the unveiling of # 1 on New […]

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Belarusian blogger sentenced to 3 years in prison for “insulting” Lukashenko

A Belarusian blogger was sentenced to three years in prison for “insulting” Alexander Lukashenko for writing in an article that the authoritarian leader of the country was “illegitimate” amid a wave of protests against the results of the presidential election of last year that opposition figures say was rigged. A court in the western city […]

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Belarusian blogger sentenced to three years in prison for “insulting” Lukashenka

A Belarusian blogger was sentenced to three years in prison for “insulting” Alyaksandr Lukashenka by writing in an article that the authoritarian leader of the country was “illegitimate” amid a wave of protests against the results of the presidential election of last year that opposition say was rigged. A court in the western city of […]

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Egypt sentences blogger Alaa Abdel Fattah to five years in prison

An Egyptian court on Monday sentenced three prominent human rights activists to prison for spreading false news and undermining state security. Cairo state security court sentenced activist and software developer Alaa Abdel-Fattah, who was a leading figure in the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to five years in prison . “The […]

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Siarhei Tsikhanoski: From blogger to activist to political prisoner? | Europe | News and events from across the continent | DW

Belarusian video blogger Siarhei Tsikhanoski has been in pre-trial detention for more than 18 months. On Tuesday, he was sentenced to 18 years in prison for organizing mass unrest and inciting social hatred. The emergence of Tsikhanosky on the Belarusian political scene in the spring of 2020 surprised many in the country. In May 2020, […]

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Vietnam: Prominent Free Blogger | Human Rights Watch

(New York) – Vietnamese authorities should drop all criminal charges against prominent human rights activist and blogger Pham Doan Trang and release her immediately, Human Rights Watch said today. On December 14, 2021, a Hanoi court is to bring her to justice for “propaganda against the state of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam” under article […]

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Uzbekistan: Muslim blogger faces 8 years in prison for social media post

Fazilhoja Arifhojaev faces public security threat charges based on an innocuous social media post about whether it is appropriate for a Muslim to congratulate non-Muslims on their religious holidays. This statement was originally posted on hrw.org on December 9, 2021. Drop unfounded charges, free blogger, defend freedom of expression A Muslim blogger from Uzbekistan who […]

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Uzbekistan: Muslim blogger faces eight years in prison

(Berlin) – A Muslim blogger from Uzbekistan, arbitrarily detained for five months, has been charged with undermining public security with a potential sentence of eight years in prison, for an innocuous social media post, Human Rights said Watch today. Police first detained Fazilhoja Arifhojaev on June 28, 2021, on charges of petty hooliganism, for which […]

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Belarus accuses Russian girlfriend of dissident blogger of “incitement to hatred”

Belarus officially indicted Russian girlfriend of dissident Belarusian blogger more than six months after authorities forced down a commercial jet flying over Belarusian airspace to stop the couple. Belarusian strongman Alexander Lukashenko sparked a barrage of international criticism and new rounds of sanctions against his besieged country after authorities forced a Ryanair plane flying from […]

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Belarusian blogger Eduard Palchys faces trial amid crackdown

MINSK – The famous Belarusian blogger Eduard Palchys has Let’s go trial amid a continuing crackdown on those who challenged the official results of last year’s presidential election which gave victory to strongman Alyaksandr Lukashenka despite opposition claims that the ballot was rigged. Palchys refused to stand when Judge Pyatro Arlou of the Minsk City […]

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S’porean blogger Amos Yee sentenced to six years in US prison for child pornography, grooming, US News and Top Stories

WASHINGTON – Singaporean blogger Amos Yee was sentenced to six years in prison on Thursday, December 2, after pleading guilty to two counts of child pornography and grooming. Yee, 23, was also ordered by the Chicago court not to contact the victim, then 14, for two years after being released from prison. Yee had also […]

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Chechen security forces “behind attack on dissident blogger” last year | Chechnya

A secret European secret service report concluded that Chechen security services were most likely behind the attempted murder in Sweden in 2020 of a dissident Chechen blogger. Tumso Abdurakhmanov, an exiled critic of Ramzan Kadyrov, the leader of Chechnya, barely survived last year’s hammer attack in a bizarre assassination attempt that investigators said they attributed […]

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Former Perry County Agricultural Society Treasurer Charged With Fraudulent Spending $ 100,000 | Crime and courts

PINCKNEYVILLE (WSIL) – The former treasurer of the Perry County Agricultural Society (“PCAS”) is facing federal indictment for defrauding the PCAS over $ 100,000. Billy E. Harris, 47, is charged with 10 counts of mail fraud. Harris was PCAS Treasurer from 2011 to 2018 and currently lives in St. Louis, Missouri. The PCAS operates all […]