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No Flogging for Blogging

Code Pink and The Gulf Institute protest the imprisonment and punishment of Saudi political activist Raif Badawi.

Saudi political activist and journalist Raif Badawi received his first 50 lashes of 1000 for simply having a political blog that is critical of the Saudi government. In response, CODEPINK and The Gulf Institute staged a mock flogging in front of the Saudi Embassy in Washington D.C. to protest Saudi Arabia’s egregious human rights violations and to call for freedom for Raif Badawi.

It’s blatantly hypocritical for the United States government to say that it supports freedom of speech and democracy while maintaining a cozy relationship with the brutal Saudi monarchy. Join us to call on Saudi Arabia to halt its violent persecution of activists who speak out against state power –– and for an end to U.S. complicity! No flogging for blogging!

— Code Pink


About The Author

JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends–with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.


  1. Susan Chandler

    Reblogged this on Wobbly Warrior's Blog and commented:
    Raif Badawi had not sufficiently recovered to be delivered his scheduled public flogging yesterday. How outlandish to be in the position of not wishing someone well … for their own good.

  2. Sue Dreamwalker

    Hello… and first thank you for dropping by my Blog..

    I am in total agreement with your views here.. Its time we got out of the Darkages and brought to light the brutality of these Nations..

    Blessings sent your way

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Thank you for visiting and commenting, Sue! Yes, you’d think we’d be more civilized by now. We’ll try to do our part to uplift – keep on blogging! JoAnn

      • Sue Dreamwalker

        Many thanks, You too 🙂

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