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Saudi blogger Raif Badawi awarded freedom of speech prize

Saudi blogger Raif Badawi awarded freedom of speech prize

Posted: 10th April 2016 By: Evelyne Abitbol Category: News Comment: 0
Ensaf Haidar, wife of jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, will collect the freedom of speech award on his behalf. Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

Ensaf Haidar, wife of jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, will collect the freedom of speech award on his behalf. Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

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Ensaf Haidar, wife of jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, will collect the freedom of speech award on his behalf. Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for publishing a liberal blog, is to be awarded the International Publishers Association’s Prix Voltaire for his contribution to freedom of speech.

Badawi, who has four children, was arrested in 2012 on a charge of insulting Islam and indicted on several charges including apostasy. He was convicted and sentenced to seven years in prison and 600 lashes in 2013, and then re-sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in prison plus a fine in 2014. The sentence was upheld by the Saudi supreme court in June. In December, it was reported that Badawi had gone on hunger strike.

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