His Excellency Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz
C/o Ambassador Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz
601 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
Via facsimile: (202) 944-5983
Mosallam was detained on March 16 in Jeddah, six days after Al-Madina published a poem of his that strongly criticized the Saudi judiciary. It is unclear whether Mosallam has been charged with any offense. Two days later, according to press reports, Your Excellency ordered al-Fal's dismissal, apparently because of Mosallam's poem.
As a nonpartisan organization of journalists dedicated to defending press freedom worldwide, CPJ views these events as flagrant violations of the right to free expression, which is guaranteed under international law.
We call on Saudi authorities to release Mosallam immediately and to ensure that al-Fal may return to his job without further government interference.
Thank you for your attention to this urgent matter. We await your response.