What? Day of Blog Silence to Protest the Imprisonment of Blogger Fouad Alfarhan
When? Sunday, January, 2008
Where? blogs around the world
How? On that day, bloggers will not write on their blogs, but instead will post a Free Fouad banner, like the one above. (Both banners are posted full-size at the bottom of this post.)
Why? To free a blogger imprisoned for criticiznig his government and to send a message that we will not tolerate the persecution of free speech in the blogosphere.
Who is organizing the action? Mideast Youth
Fouad Alfarhan is a Saudi blogger who uses his blog, alfarhan.org, to promote political reform and greater freedom of expression in Saudi Arabia. He was forced to stop blogging at the beginning of 2007 after being harassed by government officials, but then resumed writing in July 2007. He was arrested without charge on Tuesday, December 11, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
To learn more about the campaign to free Fouad, please visit the Free Fouad Blog, which has content in both Arabic and English.
This action was organized by the progressive group Mideast Youth, which also runs the Free Kareem campaign to free jailed Egyptian blogger Abdel Kareem Nabil Soliman.
Here are the banners to post on your blog on January (choose the one you like the best) :