Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Another blogger has "disappeared".

I posted earlier about Fouad Al-Farhan, a Saudi blogger who was arrested and taken to an undisclosed location where he is being held incommunicado (now for 65 days) without any publicly announced charges against him, apparently for the offense of criticizing government officials. I've now learned that a similar fate befell a young (23) Syrian blogger, Tariq Biasi, who has been in custody for over six months. You can read about his case on the Global Voices Advocacy site. As with Fouad, there's a petition to free Tariq. The link is here. The text of the petition is given in both Arabic and English (scroll down) and, if you follow the link at the bottom that says "sign the petition", you'll find a box where you can add additional comments, if you wish.