Are Saudis One Tweet Closer to Freedom?

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Hamza Kashgari, a 22 year old Saudi journalist, writer, and poet has been caught allegedly expressing his views about the Prophet Mohammed on Twitter, which were perceived by the public eye as insulting. After leaving the country to seek asylum, he was returned by the Malaysian government to Saudi Arabia on the 13th of February, three days after, where he now faces the possibility of a death sentence.

To read more about the case and to get a glimpse of the international media coverage, kindly visit the following links:

1. Guardian: http://bit.ly/zK2zxk

2. Amnesty International: http://bit.ly/xZmdHx

3. The Malaysian Insider: http://bit.ly/z1nErl

4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_paKYXoOv8&feature=share

5. http://bit.ly/w8Ycet

6. http://bit.ly/wFfWzC

TO HELP HAMZA, PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION:

 http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/death-calls-for-saudi-poet-and-blogger/

Many youtube videos that were broadcasted, escalated the case against Hamza, through highlighting tweets that were removed from the whole context, in which Hamza shared them through. This particular approach led to the stimulation of an emotional reaction, warning people to protect the Prophet (PBUH), from the words of, who they called, an atheist!

Advocating the attack on Hamza.

One of Hamza’s friends shared a very personal testimony of who Hamza is, different than what has been depicted in the news. Kindly view this article if you want to read the truth about him: http://mashallahnews.com/?p=7199&fb_source=message

Although Hamza has announced a public repent before leaving the country, it has been a week now and he is still behind their walls. Not only that, but also members of groups, involving youth that have often held historical, social and philosophical open discussions are now being ‘stalked’ on the social media network, twitter, showcasing a year long thread of tweets and events. Conservatives along with thousands of followers have threatened them based on accusations of blasphemy, advocating doubts in religion and disrespect to God and his Prophet (PBUH).

Thread of Tweets.. And more attacks..

Fortunately, we are now at the peak of a wave we’ve always been expecting. Some have been prepared to stand still on this wave, yet others try hard not to fall. Those who already fell, have shown a great degree of hypocrisy and contradictions when it was time to translate ones spoken values into actions. Others have the ability to smoothly, respectfully, and with most tranquility indoctrinate the audience into taking their side, while taking extra care not to shed light on their biases, or leave track behind their judgmental, racist and aggressive attacks on the beliefs and actions of others. Some of those attacks have included the label ‘The Sleeping Cell” given to a group of ‘liberals and open minded people’ as they put it. Even though all the events held by the attacked group were open to the public and were randomly scheduled, The Sleeping Cell label is based on their assumption that this group has been establishing an underground basis against religion and culture, that will one day spread a contagious virus.

Free Haircut to those who repent

Coming from a culture where dialogue is restricted, judged and manipulated, twitter has become the laboratory where superb naturalistic observations could take place. Twitter, a platform for revenge, complains and sarcasm, where memberships and cliques emerge allows tweeps to reveal their schizoid personalities that were repressed in real life. Therefore, as an observer, you realize that many social norms and personas tend to fade away in this social sphere.

Twitter Fight, using Banky's illustration (Original: http://www.banksycanvas.co.uk/banksy-flower-thrower-72-p.asp)

 

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