Raif Badawi

2015 the year in review

Charlie Hebdo 'Set the Tone': The Year in Questionable Allies and Freedom of Speech

The case of the imprisoned blogger Raif Badawi, who was awarded the European Union's top human rights award this month, was just one of many that made headlines in 2015 and provoked a debate about the importance of free speech.
Sally Hayden
middle east

Saudi Arabia's Most Famous Blogger Is Now On a Hunger Strike in Prison

Raif Badawi — the Saudi blogger sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for “insulting Islam” — began a hunger strike after being transferred to an isolated detention facility.
Samuel Oakford

Imprisoned Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi Wins EU's Most Prestigious Human Rights Prize

Badawi was chosen from among nominees including murdered Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, political prisoners in Venezuela, and Edna Adan Ismail, a Somali activist who campaigns against FGM.
Sally Hayden

Jimmy Wales: 'There's Really No Excuse' Not to Use Encryption

Wales addresses security and encryption at London’s IP Expo.
Victoria Turk

We Spoke to the Wife of the Saudi Blogger Sentenced to 1,000 Lashes

VICE met the wife of Raif Badawi, a blogger from Saudi Arabia sentenced to ten years in prison and 1,000 lashes. We discussed her family's refuge in Quebec and the effort of the Canadian government to secure his release.
Simon Coutu and Sofi Langis

Jailed Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi's Writings Published in Quebec

Amnesty International, which helped publish “1,000 Lashes” and organized the book launch in Montreal this week, has been advocating for Badawi's release. Saudi Arabia has denounced the foreign "meddling".
Jake Bleiberg
middle east

Flogging of Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi Set To Resume Tomorrow

A spokesperson for the imprisoned activist's family told VICE News they were "devastated," and scared his health problems meant he wouldn't be able to handle another round of lashes.
Sally Hayden
middle east

Saudi Court Upholds Sentence of 1,000 Lashes and 10 Years in Prison for Activist Blogger

Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court ignored international pressure to overturn the harsh sentence against Raif Badawi, who has been imprisoned since 2012 on charges of insulting Islam.
Gillian Mohney
middle east

With Executions on the Rise, Saudi Arabia is Now Hiring Even More Executioners

With 85 people already executed in 2015 alone, a job ad posted on the country's Ministry of Civil Service website is calling for extra staff to fulfill eight executioner positions.
Arijeta Lajka
middle east

'This is a Witch Hunt': Saudi Blogger May Go Back on Trial For Apostasy and Face the Death Penalty

Raif Badawi was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 public lashes after setting up an online forum where Saudis could discuss religion. He might now face a retrial and execution by beheading.
Sally Hayden
middle east

Imprisoned Saudi Arabian Blogger Raif Badawi Gets Geneva Summit's 'Courage' Award

Raif Badawi has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes. He has received 50 lashes so far and today was awarded a human rights award, collected in his absence.
Sally Hayden
United Kingdom

Prince Charles Urged to Demand Release of Saudi Arabian Blogger Sentenced to 1,000 Lashes

Raif Badawi's spokeswoman told VICE News she hoped that Saudi Arabia's new king "may be more receptive" to the words of the heir to the British throne, who is on a two-day visit to the country.
Ben Bryant