The Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi has been awarded this year's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. Badawi was arrested in 2012 and sentenced to 10 years in jail and 1000 lashes for insulting Islam and advocating freedom of speech.
He is known as "MBS" or "Mr. Everything." As the King's favorite son, he is in line to take power in Saudi Arabia. However, the role Mohammad bin Salman plays in Riyadh has two sides.
The journalist Raif Badawi has been in prison for five years. His crime was writing critically about politics and society in Saudi Arabia. The fight for his release goes on.
As human rights organizations put Saudi Arabia under pressure once again, DW's Tim Sebastian presses Prince Turki Al-Faisal on Raif Badawi, "alternative facts" and torture cases.
"He's doing poorly," says Ensaf Haidar of her husband, the blogger Raif Badawi, who has been in prison for five years. In an interview with DW, Haidar talks about the fundamental right to freedom of expression.
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