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7 international bloggers who got arrested for crossing the line

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WION Delhi, India Sep 21, 2016, 06.17 AM (IST) WION Edge
In the wake of a blogger getting arrested for mocking Islam on Facebook in India, here is a list of some active netizens around the world who came at the crossroads with law of their country: 

  • Asif Mohiuddin

Blogger Asif Mohiuddin

The 29-year-old blogger from Bangladesh was arrested on charges of defaming Islam. As part of a police crackdown on elements that use religion as a violence-incitement tool,  Asif was arrested on charges of hurting religious sentiment through his writings on blogs and Facebook. Several others have been detained under the same law in the country. 

  • Ismail ‘Hilath’ Rasheed

Ismail ‘Hilath’ Rasheed from Maldives

The blogger from Maldives was arrested for his involvement in a silent protest for religious tolerance. The protest took an ugly turn where several individuals attacked the group with stones and Rasheed was rushed to the hospital.

  • Raif Badawi

Ensaf Haidar holds a picture of her husband Raif Badawi after accepting the European Parliament's Sakharov Human Rights Prize on behalf of her husband

The blogger from Saudi Arabia was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for setting up a website that championed free speech in the kingdom. His blog was subsequently shut down after his arrest. 

  • Avijit Roy

A Bangladeshi social activist pays his last respects to slain US blogger of Bangladeshi origin, Avijit Roy

The US blogger of Bangladeshi origin was hacked to death by a mob in Bangladesh for his controversial writings on religion and science. Before the incident, he had been getting several death threats from Islamists. 

  • Ruslan Kotsaba

Ruslan Kotsaba from Ukraine

The Ukrainian blogger has been detained since February 2015 on charges of treason and obstructing the work of armed forces in Ukraine. 

  • Tran Huynh Duy Thuc

Blogger Tran Huynh Duy Thuc, stands during his trial at Ho Chi Minh City People's Court House

Tran is a Vietnamese blogger who is currently serving a 16 year prison sentence for promoting anti-Socialist, anti-government propaganda and undertaking activities ‘aimed at subverting the people’s government’.  He is jailed, along with three other activists, after a trial lasting one day. 

  • Yang Kaiheng

Ai Takagi and her husband Yang Kaiheng arrive at the court in Singapore

The 27-year-old blogger from Singapore ran a website called The Real Singapore, a site that was getting about 13 million views a month and was generating hundreds of thousands of dollars in advertising revenue. The government ordered a shutdown and arrested the blogger for provoking hatred against foreigners in Singapore and 'milking that hatred for profit'. 

Curbing of freedom of expression for bloggers has become an issue globally. Let us know your views on this. 

(Contributed by: Zeba Khan)
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