Saudi Tweeter arrested in Malaysia, could be executed if returned to Saudi Arabia

According to The Wall Street Journal, a Saudi columnist, who tweeted about the Prophet Muhammad, was arrested in Malaysia after he fled Saudi Arabia because he feared for his life.

Hamza Kashgari was detained at Kuala Lumpur International Airport at the request of Saudi authorities, according to Malaysia’s Home Affairs ministry.

The Saudi Arabian government has not commented since they said that “Mr. Kashgari had been banned from writing for publication and would be subject to legal action.”

Kashgari wrote a series of musings on Saturday Feb. 4 about an “imagined meeting with the Prophet Muhammad.” This angered many religious conservatives. Supporters of Kashgari being punished joined campaigns on Facebook, Youtube and Twitter calling for him to be executed.

Fearing for his life, Kashgari fled Monday Feb. 6 or Tuesday Feb 7.

According to the article, King Abdullah had ordered Mr. Kashgari’s arrest and an investigation.

What is Kashgari’s crime? Using his human right of freedom of expression and thought. And for it he is being sought after. Instead of releasing him to Saudi Arabia where he will likely be jailed or executed, Malaysia should release him because he has done no wrong. He only exercised his right of expression.


About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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One Response to Saudi Tweeter arrested in Malaysia, could be executed if returned to Saudi Arabia

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