Note by Tom Gross.
Above is a video of the on-stage interview I conducted earlier this week with Ensaf Haidar, the wife of the courageous Saudi blogger and political prisoner Raif Badawi.
In 2014, Raif Badawi was sentenced to 1000 lashes and ten years in harsh prison conditions for calling for freedom of speech in his country. Ensaf Haidar now lives in exile with her three young children.
After the first 50 lashes almost killed him, international public pressure seems to have played a role in making the Saudis so far postpone administering the further 950 lashes, due to be carried out 50 lashes at a time, once per week after Friday prayers. Nevertheless there are many in Saudi Arabia, including in the government, who want to increase his punishment.