In May 2014, Raif Badawi was sentenced to 10 years behind bars, 1,000 lashes, a 10-year travel ban, and a lifetime ban from appearing in the media. He was convicted of violating Saudi Arabia's draconian information technology law and "insulting Islam." The conviction stems from number of articles Raif wrote and published on his site "Saudi Arabian Liberals," which he founded as a forum for social and political debate. Raif also refused to remove other Saudi writers' articles from the site.
Raif Badawi is a Prisoner of Conscience, imprisoned solely for peacefully expressing his beliefs. He is not alone – since 2011 the Saudi Arabian authorities have imprisoned dozens of prominent human rights activists and dissenting voices as part of a campaign of repression in the name of security.