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International Media Seminar Series | Jailed and Flogged in Public for Blogging: the case of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi


Doughty Street Chambers, in collaboration with Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and English PEN, invite you to a breakfast talk focusing on Badawi's case, freedom of expression in Saudi Arabia, and what we can do here in the UK.


Wednesday 17 May 2017 8:00 am – Registration & breakfast

8:30 am  – Panel Discussion; 9:30 am – Close (Coffee and further discussion available until 10:00 am for those who can stay)


Raif Badawi was arrested in Saudi Arabia in 2012, simply for expressing his ideas – he took to his keyboard and started his own website. He has been in prison for five years, serving a ten year sentence, and he has also been sentenced to 1,000 lashes.  He has been flogged in public 50 times for exercising his right to freedom of expression and he is awaiting 950 more lashes.


Doughty Street Chambers, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and English PEN invite you to a meeting to discuss Raif’s case and free speech in Saudi Arabia.  His wife, Ensaf Haidar, is co-founder of the Raif Badawi Foundation for Freedom, an author and activist.  She lives under asylum in Canada and is visiting the UK to urge renewed calls for Badawi's release on the eve of the five-year anniversary of his.  She will be joined by Head of Doughty Street International, Steve Powles and Alexandra El Khazen, Head of RSF’s Middle East Desk.  The meeting will be chaired by Eve Pollard OBE.


This is an invitation only event, if you are interested in attending please email


Doughty Street Chambers, 54 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LS


Venue: Doughty Street Chambers, 54 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LS
Venue: Doughty Street Chambers, 53-54 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LS


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