Call for action - Please share – Death penalty for a tweet
I have loved things about you and I have hated things about you and there is a lot I don't understand about you. I will not pray for you.
These words were tweeted last week by a 23 year old journalist. For these words in that tweet, this 23 year old journalist may soon die. Put to death by the state.
Almost immediately after the tweet he started receiving death threats for these words.
The journalist apologized and deleted the tweet. Still the death threats came in. He fled his country for Malaysia.
The Saudi authorities asked for his return so that he can be punished for his "crimes". Fortunately for the journalist Saudi Arabia does not have formal extradition procedures with Malaysia.
Fortunate also for this journalist is that his attorney won an injunction in the Malaysian courts preventing his deportation until the case can be heard in Malaysia.
Unfortunate for this journalist, none of that matters. The rule of law doesn’t matter in Malaysia. The government is deporting him to Saudi Arabia just the same where he will be tried for blasphemy and where he could receive the death penalty.
I am begging you, please do not stand by and do nothing while this man’s life hangs in the balance.
What’s at stake :
1. This man’s life
2. Internet freedom
3. Freedom of expression
4. Freedom of the press
5. Freedom of conscience
I hope all journalists, writers, and everyone that cares about his fellow man will not allow this most inhumane killing to take place.
Please do the following :
1. Share this post
2. join the page +Save Hamza Kashgari
3. Organize and make suggestions
4. Let’ find a way together to save his life
I’m hoping for support from +INTERNET FREEDOM +RSFRIP +***
and any all journalists and journalist organisations and most importantly you.
Together we can make a difference. Let’s try.
Perhaps of interest to +Amnesty International USA
Edit: Hamza Kashgari released after nearly two years in prison without trial on October 29, 2013.