Saudi court closes liberal website permanently

The Saudi Liberal Network was accused of publishing anti-Islamic content

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A Saudi court in Jeddah ordered the permanent closure of a liberal website for publishing what was perceived as anti-Islamic content, the Saudi news website Sabq reported on Sunday.

Sabq said a number of Saudis had demanded the closure of the Saudi Liberal Network for posting stories and comments that are considered against religion and morality.

The website said the court’s decision “prompted good reactions by many of those who had called for such an action and had filed lawsuits against the network and its members.”


In August last year a court sentenced the founder of the website Zaef Badawi to seven years and three months in jail in addition to 600 flogs “for establishing a liberal website and adopting the liberal thinking and insulting Islam,” Sabq reported. But a higher court overturned that decision and ordered a retrial by a different court.

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