DEUTSCHE WELLE – Published in April 2015 – Reminder.
Articles written by the imprisoned Saudi blogger and free speech activist Raif Badawi have now been translated into German, French, English, Italian, etc. and published as a book. His severe punishment is evoking outrage in the West.
Religious establishment uneasy
There can only be one explanation for such a punishment: Saudi Arabia’s religious establishment is very nervous. Badawi expresses ideas which are shared by many Saudi citizens and it is getting harder and harder to stop them from circulating publicly.
Badawi writes about – as he puts it – the spectacular ways in which Arab society is suffering under the weight of theocracy, while clerics refuse to accept anything less than complete obedience from the population.