US Concerned By Sentence Against Badawi

Jen Psaki, spokeswoman for the US State Department:

We are deeply concerned that the authorities sentenced Raef Badawi, a blogger and founder of the Free Saudi Liberals website, to seven years in prison and 600 lashes. We believe that when public speech is deemed offensive, be it via social media or any other means, the issue is best addressed through open dialogue and honest debate. We support efforts to promote human rights around the world, and this is something that is a regular part of our discussions with the Government of Saudi Arabia.

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) also expressed the same sentiment on Wednesday.