Family Pleads for Jailed Founder of Liberal Forum

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Mohammed Jamjoom reports:

Her three children, including 5-year-old Myriam, think their father’s just delayed by work. But Raif Badawi, 30, has been imprisoned since being arrested in June. He is accused of, among other things, breaking Sharia law and starting a website that infringed on religious values.

According to Haidar, her husband just wanted to encourage discussion about religion in his homeland. But starting a liberal Internet forum in conservative Saudi Arabia can be a dangerous pursuit.

Calling Badawi a “blogger” is inaccurate since he never maintained a blog. “Forum founder” would be a better description. To his credit, Jamjoom never describes Badawi as a blogger in the story, but it appears that CNN editors put it in the headline and the highlights because it is shorter.

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