Sunday, January 06, 2008

Free Fouad!

I used to visit Ahmed's blog Saudi Jeans and as it is with some blogs, you get out of the habit of doing so. Luckily, I was still on the list of contacts and received word about Fouad:

Bloggers around the world have called for a day of silence on Sunday 6 January to call for the release of Fouad al-Farhan, who the Washington Post called Saudi Arabia’s most popular blogger. He was detained indefinitely on 10 December for “”for violating rules not related to state security”, according to a Saudi spokesman. Bloggers around the world, in Egypt, Singapore, and the US have called for his release. And the story has gained international attention in the mainstream media as well.Sami Ben Gharbia of Global Voices spoke with Fouad’s wife who said:

Fouad’s arrest was directly linked to his blogging activities. He may remain in custody for a one-month investigation period. After that his family will be allowed to visit him and be informed about his case and the possible charges that might be brought against him. Fouad is apparently being held, without charge or trial, at the Ministry of Interior’s security service (al-Mabahith al-’Amma) headquarter in Jeddah. He has been arrested at his office in Jeddah and had been led to his home where police confiscated his laptop computer.

Check out the Free Fouad website.(need to scroll down a bit for the posts)



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