Saudis imprisoned for allegedly inciting protests via Facebook

The Saudi Arabian government has sentenced seven men to prison on charges they used Facebook to incite protests and encourage illegal gathering, according to Human Rights Watch. Their sentences range from five to 10 years. “Sending people off to years in prison for peaceful Facebook posts sends a strong message that there’s no safe way to speak out in Saudi Arabia, even on online social networks,” Human Rights Watch deputy Middle East director Joe Stork said in a statement. The seven men were originally arrested in September 2011 and have been in jail ever since. When they were finally…

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