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You saw the election coverage at some point in the past week right?

Social media is very left-wing… there! I said it!

Cries of devastation and hysterical announcements of ‘depression’ and ‘heartbreak’ about a conservative government staying in power for five more years filled my Twitter timeline.

I’m not left-wing… I’m not right-wing. Draw your own conclusions from that but surely it’s not as simple as ‘we hate the tories, they’ve never done anything good.’

We humans do like to pick sides and instantly attack but I’d rather be optimistic and not mis-place my hope.

However, this is not a #GE2015 blog post. It is about our freedom to speak and share our opinions…

Today marks a year since Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi was sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail.

Raif Badawi received the sentence, along with a fine of 1 million riyals, from Jeddah’s criminal court on 7 May 2014 for setting up an online forum for public debate. He is an Amnesty International prisoner of conscience and a global campaign has been initiated to call for his release, gathering the support of over a million people worldwide.

On 9 January 2015, Raif Badawi received 50 lashes after Friday prayers in a public square in Jeddah, prompting an international outcry. For two subsequent weeks his flogging was called off based on medical advice. He has not been flogged since, and the authorities have not disclosed the reasons why.

But despite the international protests, the liberal blogger remains imprisoned and still facing 950 lashes of his sentence.

Read the full story here on Slugger O’Toole.

Be thankful for democracy even if it doesn’t deliver your wants and needs.