Excerpt: By now you’ve probably seen th

Excerpt: By now you’ve probably seen the yellow and red profile pics and logos scattered across social media with the hashtag ‪#‎Backlash‬. So what is it about? Why are people all over the world getting involved? Why should you care about some blogger in Saudi Arabia that is getting lashed?

The background behind the situation and campaign is pretty simple. It’s another case of your government propping up the Saudi Arabian government while it is censoring basic expression through violence and intimidation. If you pay taxes in the United States, United Kingdom, or Canada you should care simply because your government is funding this by proxy. You are paying them to beat someone to death because he said something mildly offensive to a dictatorial regime. The impact of western governments subsidizing this type of censorship and brutality cannot be overstated.


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About Raymond Johansen

Ray is a writer, columnist, contributor and subeditor for a large number of groups, pages and blogs - with a wide global network. He is the International Coordinator at Pursuance Project and The Pirate Party of Norway. Furthermore he sits on the board of several organisations, including Barrett Brown's Pursuance Project. He is a Human Rights and Privacy Activist, a Hacktivist and is heavily involved in whistleblower support.

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