Beaten for blogging: #Free Speech Stories – BBC News
Update 16 January: the latest round of lashings has been postponed.
In the first of BBC Trending’s #FreeSpeechStories, we meet the wife of a liberal blogger being punished in Saudi Arabia for “insulting Islam”.
Last week he was whipped 50 times, and this week he was supposed to be beaten again. Raif Badawi has been sentenced to a total of 1,000 lashes and 10 years in prison for offences ranging from cybercrime to disobeying his father and insulting Islam on his “Saudi Liberal Network” website.
On Friday, Amnesty International said the latest round of lashings would be postponed for medical reasons.
Badawi’s name was trending again on Twitter this week. His wife Ensaf Haidar told the BBC her family was living in “perpetual anxiety”.
Video by Neil Meads and Mai Noman
All our stories are at bbc.com/trending