June 12, 2015

Criticism on social media and the price people pay for it

Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi has not got relief even from the country's  Supreme Court. It has upheld the lower court sentence of 1,000 lashes and 10 years of imprisonment on Badawi.

You can read this post on the crime (sin?) Badawi committed.

It was being hoped that following massive outcry and some diplomatic activity, Badawi would get at least some reprieve.

One optimistic interpretation of the SC order making round on the net is that it has not called for public lashing. 

The only thing that can save Badawi from this cruel punishment is a royal pardon, but that is also not very probable, say people with a deep understanding of the Arabian way of life.

Jagendra's Facebook page
In India, a social media journalist, Jagendra Singh, is reported to have been burnt alive by a police officer for a Facebook post against an elected leader of a prominent political party in Uttar Pradesh state. 

In his reports, Jagendra had accused the MLA of illegal mining and land grabbing. 

Singh's family claimed that the MLA had also implicated him in a false case. However the police say, there was a case against Jagendra Singh and he committed suicide when the police tried to arrest him.

Jagendra had served many papers in the state and was of late active on his Facebook page, Shahjahanpur Samachar, named after his city.

Following protests, a case has been registered against a Minister (whose name Jagendra took before dying) and a policeman.

Political suicide on social media: one more example

Social media has been claiming politically indiscreet heads again and again. This time, it was the turn of a spokesman of the ruling party of Rajasthan.

Kailash Nath Bhatt should have known the risks of posting one's 'personal' thoughts on the Facebook timeline. We are surprised that he didn't know that publicly commenting the government's decision to provide high security to their mentor (the RSS supremo) was not expected of a political leader, much less a spokesman. No wonder, he was made to resign.