Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV reports that Hamza Kashgari, the Saudi blogger who found himself in deep trouble because of Tweets he sent. He’s been languishing in custody for a year now.

The facts of the matter show how limited social media like Twitter are in getting people out of trouble. Its ability to get them into trouble is well-documented.

Saudi twitter controversy trending as a year passes
Al Arabiya

Saudis took to Twitter on the anniversary of the controversial tweets by Saudi poet and columnist Hamza Kashgari yesterday.

Kashgari’s social media posting, made on the occasion of Prophet Mohammad’s birthday, was perceived to be blasphemous by a large number of religious figures and their followers.

This sparked a huge controversy in Saudi Arabia.

As a result, Kashgari tried leaving the country to Malaysia but was returned to Saudi Arabia by the Malaysian authorities where he has been held for a year.

Marking the anniversary of these dramatic events, activists on twitter created a hash tag which has been very active since yesterday.

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