Saudi Arabia has publicly flogged an imprisoned activist during the first session of a sentence that will see him subjected to 50 lashes a week for 20 consecutive Fridays.

Raif Badawi was sentenced to 10 years in prison and a total of 1,000 lashes for a range of offenses and insulting religious authorities, after he set up the “Liberal Saudi Network,” a now non-operative website that aimed to provide a forum for public debate.

A Saudi Arabian Activist Will Get 50 Lashes Every Friday for the Next 20 Weeks | VICE News.