Saudi Blogger Jailed
Posted by Exile on January 2, 2008
Everybody might like to read and write about this one. The Saudis have put a blogger behind bars for being a tad critical of the House of Saud and the way Saudi is run. There is a website dedicated to his release and safe return to his family. http://en.freefouad.com/
Here’s the gist of what happened, taken from that website;
Popular Internet Commentator Had Called for Political Reform
By Faiza Saleh Ambah
Washington Post Foreign Service
Tuesday, January 1, 2008; A07
JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia, Dec. 31 — Saudi Arabia’s most popular blogger, Fouad al-Farhan, has been detained for questioning, an Interior Ministry spokesman confirmed Monday. It was the first known arrest of an online critic in the kingdom.
Farhan, 32, who used his blog to criticize corruption and call for political reform, was detained “for violating rules not related to state security,” according to the spokesman, Maj. Gen. Mansour al-Turki, responding to repeated requests for comment with a brief cellphone text message.
Farhan’s Dec. 10 arrest was reported last week on the Internet and has been condemned by bloggers in Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco and Bahrain. The Saudi news media have not yet reported the arrest, but more than 200 bloggers in the kingdom have criticized Farhan’s detention, and a group of supporters have set up a Free Fouad Web site.
Farhan, who was educated in the United States and owns a computer programming company, was arrested at his office in Jiddah and then brought home, where his laptop was confiscated, said his wife, who spoke on condition that her name not be published to protect her privacy. “They arrested him because of his blog. I haven’t seen him since. We don’t know where he is,” she said.
As far as I can see, there is no contact address to complain to on Fouad’s behalf, but if we give this enough publicity, then things may take a turn for the better. The MSM has picked up on it, but every little helps.
Let’s make some noise!