Seven more journalists, writers and bloggers arrested in Saudi Arabia

first_img NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Saudi Arabia is ranked 172nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. News to go further March 9, 2021 Find out more News Nine Saudis, including seven journalists, writers and bloggers, were arrested by the Saudi authorities from 16 to 21 November, according to sources on the ground. Several of these journalists had written about sensitive issues such as human dignity in Saudi Arabia, religious conservatism and progress towards reforms. Others had criticized the public debate and had indicated support for prisoners of conscience. RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance Saudi media silent on RSF complaint against MBS They also include two women journalists: Zana Al-Shahri, who works for the online magazine Al-Asr, and Maha Al-Rafidi, who works for the daily Al-Watan. News This latest wave of arrests brings the total number of imprisoned journalists and bloggers to at least 39. The most recent previous wave of arrests was in April when six journalists and writers were detained: Nayef Al-Handas, Yazid Al-Faifi, Abdullah Al-Duhailan, Thumar Al-Marzouqi, Mohammed Al-Sadiq and Bader Al-Ibrahim. None of them has so far been formally charged. RSF_en Middle East – North Africa Saudi Arabia Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedoms Freedom of expression center_img April 28, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Organisation Middle East – North Africa Saudi Arabia Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedoms Freedom of expression News “On the one hand, the regime tries to project an image of openness and modernization, but on the other, it persists in gagging the press and online media,” said Sabrina Bennoui, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. June 8, 2021 Find out more “This new wave of arrests sends a very bad signal as regards press freedom, and shows that the Saudi authorities are going from bad to worse. Instead of reforming and opening up to diverse and pluralistic journalism, Saudi Arabia is plunging further down the dead-end street of repression and isolation.” Follow the news on Saudi Arabia Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns a new wave of arrests of journalists, writers and bloggers in Saudi Arabia, which shows the regime is moving in the opposition direction from its stated desire to allow more openness. The detainees include Bader Al-Rashed, a blogger and journalist with the daily Al-Riyadh; Waad Al-Muhaya, the presenter of a podcast on the Thmanyah online media outlet; Abdulaziz Al-Hies, a journalist writing for many media outlets including Alaraby; and two bloggers on the online apprenticeship platform Rwaq, Musab Fuad and Fuad Al-Farhan. November 26, 2019 – Updated on December 9, 2019 Seven more journalists, writers and bloggers arrested in Saudi Arabialast_img

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