Since I have already blogged about this elsewhere, I’ll keep it short and sweet. Fouad Mourtada was freed today on a royal pardon after serving 25 days of a three year sentence. His crime: impersonating Prince Moulay Rachid of Morocco on social networking site Facebook.
Now Fouad is free, but what’s next? Will he be blacklisted from his profession, engineering? Will he face ridicule? Will his family be affected? What Fouad did was silly, stupid even, but not a crime. He may be free, but will his life ever be the same?
And while Fouad is free, there are plenty others who are not. Fouad Alfarhan, Tariq Biassi, and AbdelKarim Nabil Soliman are all bloggers behind bars. Visit Global Voices Advocacy for ways to get involved in the fight for free speech.