Raif Badawi (Arabic: رائف بدوي; born 13 January 1984, name also transcribed as Raef Badawi) is a Saudi Arabian writer and activist and the creator of the website Free Saudi Liberals.
He was arrested In 2012 on a charge of insulting Islam through electronic channels and brought to court on several charges including apostasy. He was sentenced to seven years in prison and 600 lashes in 2013, then resentenced to 1000 lashes and ten years in prison plus a fine in 2014. The lashes are being carried out over 20 weeks. The first 50 were administered on January 9, 2015.