Ed Driscoll

Saudi Blogger Freed After Four Months Jail

Reuters reports that “A Saudi blogger detained without charge for more than four months after expressing pro-reform opinions has been released, a colleague said on Saturday”:

Fouad Farhan was detained in early December after running an online campaign over 10 men arrested since February 2007 on suspicion of financing militant groups, but whose supporters say they are being punished for pro-democracy activity.

“I spoke to him and he’s in good spirits. He said he was treated really well,” said Ahmed al-Omran, who published the news on his website (https://www.saudijeans.org).

“It was surprising. After blocking his website, I thought his detention would go on longer. It’s good news.”

Saudi authorities blocked Farhan’s website (https://www.alfarhan.org) earlier this month.

Of course, for Reuters, one man’s extended jail sentence is merely another man’s visit to the Breakfast Club.