Click to expand Image Muhammad al-Ghamdi © Private(Beirut) – A Saudi court has sentenced a man to death based solely on his Twitter, and YouTube activity, Human Rights Watch said today. Saudi authorities should quash the verdict, which is an escalation of the Saudi government’s crackdown on freedom of expression and peaceful political dissent in the country. “Repression in Saudi Arabia has reached a terrifying new stage when a court can hand down the death penalty for nothing more than peaceful tweets,” said Joey Shea, Saudi Arabia researcher at Human Rights Watch. Human Rights Watch opposes the death penalty in all countries and under all circumstances. “Saudi authorities are now resorting to online criticism not only with unfair show trials, but with the threat of capital punishment,” Shea said.