The Committee to Protect Journalists is writing to protest the continued detention of Mohamed al-Oshen, editor-in-chief of the Riyadh-based Islamist weekly Al-Mohayed, who has been in detention for almost two weeks.
According to press reports and local sources, al-Oshen was detained on January 8 by Saudi security forces. A local source told CPJ that Al-Mohayed had recently published material that harshly attacked the Saudi government, as well as articles that criticized it for not taking a more active role in advocating for the release of Saudi prisoners held by U.S. authorities at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
No charges have been made public against al-Oshen.
The German news agency Deutsche Presse-Agentur reported that al-Oshen, who has two brothers at Guantanamo, is also a member of the legal defense team for Saudi detainees.
We call on Your Excellency to make public the reason for al-Oshen’s imprisonment. If al-Oshen has been detained merely for expressing his views, he should be released immediately.
We thank you for your attention to this important matter and look forward to your reply.