Month: February 2015

Jordan Jails Opposition Member for Criticising UAE on Facebook

Jordan has sentenced Zaki Bani Rushaid, a senior official of the Muslim Brotherhood opposition party, to 18 months behind bars, after he took to Facebook to criticise the United Arab Emirates. Rushaid’s lawyer, Saleh Armouti, decried the sentencing as “the death of freedom of speech”. Rushaid was convicted on the charge of souring ties with a foreign country, according to…

Saudi Woman Released After 3 Months in Jail for “Insulting Islam” on Twitter

Suad Al-Shammari, a Saudi blogger and women’s rights activist, was released after 3 months in prison over tweets relating to Islamic religious leaders. Her arrest followed formal complaints by the religious figures, who found the tweets “offensive to Islam and Prophet Mohammad”. The activist has been unfavorable by the Saudi authorities after co-founding the Saudi Liberal Network blog with Raif Badawi. Al-Shammari was arrested in 28 October 2014. She rejected the claims that her…