Raif Badawi was arrested in 2012 on a charge of insulting Islam through electronic channels and brought to court on several charges including apostasy. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for setting up a website that championed free speech in Saudi Arabia. His blog, the Saudi Free Liberals Forum, was shut down after his arrest in 2012.
The lashes are being carried out over 20 weeks. The first 50 were administered on January 9, 2015. The second set has been postponed twice due to Badawi's poor health.
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We featured two cartoons last week, which were the first two in a series of 50. Each cartoon represents one of the 50 lashes administered so far. Below are the next four in the series of 50.
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