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Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Blogger from Saudi Arab was arrested illegaly by the Government


Computer World:

December 28, 2007 (IDG News Service) -- Saudi Arabian officials have reportedly detained a blogger whose writing has criticized religious extremism in the country, according to the two press freedom groups and a regional human-rights organization.

Blogger and IT professional Fouad Ahmed al-Farhan, 32, was taken into custody Dec. 10, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) reported on Wednesday. His Arabic-language site now has a "Free Fouad" banner in English across the top.

In a letter sent to friends shortly before his arrest, al-Farhan wrote that he had been told that the interior ministry was investigating him and would pick him up within two weeks. At the time, al-Farhan described the worst case as being jailed for three days, but he was still being held without charge as of Friday, according to Joel Campagna, Middle East program coordinator at the CPJ in New York.

Al-Farhan's blog promotes political reform and bears the tag line, "Searching for freedom, dignity, justice, equality, Shura and all the remaining Islamic values which are missing," along with a dedication to his daughters, according to a report on the Web site of the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information. Some of his more critical commentary has dealt with the question of religious extremism, Campagna said.

Al-Farhan also recently posted a blog item criticizing 10 well-known personalities who have close ties to the Saudi royal family, he said...

There is a blogger create in order to inform and create campaing to free Fouad: Free Fouad and this is his site: www.alfarhan.org

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