Raif Badawi is the Saudi Arabian blogger who is currently facing 1000 lashes, 10 years in jail, and a 1,000,000 Saudi riyal fine (about $266,000), all because be began a progressive website that called for, among other things, religious tolerance and women’s rights. He was charged with apostasy.
On Friday, his wife Ensaf Haidar announced the formation of the Raif Badawi Foundation for Freedom, an organization promoting freedom of expression worldwide and supporting journalists in the Arab world:
The Foundation will organize seminars, conferences and workshops to contribute to fundamental research by university professors and scientists. It will nurture relationships with both government and non-governmental organizations in order to disseminate the results of those studies. “The central idea is to create an open platform in the Arab world and make it available to journalists, and particularly bloggers, so they can count on useful and practical tools in their occupation, or to create the conditions where journalism can thrive,” declared for her part Mrs. Evelyne Abitbol, Executive Director and Co-founder of the Foundation. “We are committed to act in respect of cultural and state differences. That is the exact reason we created a diverse advisory committee, composed of intellectuals, writers, essayists and journalists from around the world,” added Mrs. Abitbol.
You can learn more about the foundation on their website. Make a donation if you can.