On 15 August 2022, Moroccan blogger and activist Fatima Karim was sentenced to two years in prison and a fine for Facebook posts in which she made satirical comments about a Qur’anic verse, that the authorities deemed insulting to Islam. She has been held in solitary confinement since her arrest on 26 July 2022 and is not permitted contact with fellow prisoners. Posting a photo or text on social media, even something others might see as insulting religion, is protected under the right to freedom of expression. Amnesty International calls for Fatima Karim’s immediate release.
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