FREE FOUAD AL-FARHAN!

10 02 2008

IT’S FREE FOUAD WEEK.

Everybody who likes my blog; yes: both of you, if you haven’t signed the Free Fouad petition, please do so!

http://campaigns.aicongress.org/FreeFouad

Fouad has been in jail for 61 days now. He has not been charged, only one family-member has been allowed once to visit. His crime? Fouad alFarhan writes a moderate blog, calling mildly for some changes in Saudi Arabia, and has the courage to use his own name.

Here are some quotes ik nicked from Saudi Jeans blog:

It is only the feebleminded who would use guns and violence to deliver his message.We desperately need a time of calmness and reconciliation between the different leaderships in our society: Islamists, liberals and the government.

If you were a free citizen and think you have the right speak your mind on what is happening in our country and have something to say, be brave and say it in your real name.

In Saudi Arabia, there is no guarantee that you won’t be arrested because of your frankness and speaking your mind on your blog. But there is also no guarantee when you hide and write in internet forums using a pseudonym.

My advice to anyone that cares about common interest and is angry over what is happening in our country and keeps on writing at internet forums using a pseudonym is to join the blogging world and write using his real name to contribute positively in building the Saudi blogosphere.

And here’s a list of 25 reasons for blogging Fouad presented after he came back from his hiatus:

Why Do We Blog?1. Because we believe we have opinions that deserve to be heard, and minds that should be respected.
2. Because societies do not progress until they learn to respect opinions of their members. And we would like to see our society progressing.
3. Because blogging is our only option. We do not have a free media, and freedom to assemble is not allowed.
4. Because we want to discuss our opinions.
5. Because we think.
6. Because we care.
7. Because blogging has had a positive effect on other societies and we want to see the same result in our society.
8. Because blogging is a reflection of the life of society members. And we are alive.
9. Because blogging is gaining increasing attention from media and governments. We want them to listen to us.
10. Because we are not scared.
11. Because we reject the cattle mentality.
12. Because we welcome diversity of opinions.
13. Because the country is for all, and we are part of it.
14. Because we want to reach out to everyone.
15. Because we refuse to be an “echo”.
16. Because we are not any less than bloggers in other societies.
17. Because we seek the truth.
18. Because our religion encourages us to speak out.
19. Because we are sick and tired of the Saudi media hypocrisy.
20. Because we are positive.
21. Because blogging is a powerful tool that can benefit society.
22. Because we are affected and we can affect.
23. Because we love our country.
24. Because we enjoy dialogue and don’t run away from it.
25. Because we are sincere.

I don’t know yet how to ping, sorry.

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6 responses

10 02 2008
Achelois

So sad and so common. It is very difficult to raise personal opinions about some countries while living there. In this respect West is far ahead of us in terms of tolerance and freedom of speech.

Imprisoning a person is imprisoning his brain. It is like saying “you have a head on your shoulders but don’t dare use it!”

10 02 2008
Amina Ae Sook

O dear, the same story again and again. When will the country change …. (for the better that is)

10 02 2008
Aafke

Have you signed the petition?
And Achelois; you were in Spam again!. you’re my only spammer by the way 🙂

I hope they’re not torturing him. He is held in solitary confinement. His wish is that he won’t be forgotten!

3 03 2008
Nabiha Meher

OMG! It’s sickening how much the Saudis get away with… the world chooses to turn a blind eye.

On a separate note, I love your reasons for blogging. I feel the same. And I’m adding you to my blogroll.

3 03 2008
Aafke

Hi, Nabiha: wlcome to my blog! What, you mean just blogging because I think it’s polite to the people on who’s blogs I’m blabbing? Or blogging because this way I can more easily bore the pants of people I do not know about how much life sucks?
I love being on blogrolls! Thanks! I’ll return the favour! 🙂

5 03 2008
Nabiha Meher

Blogging so that you can speak your mind. I meant the above list because I thought it was yours, but just believing in it is good enough 🙂 Thanks for putting it up.

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