JANUARY 8, 2005
Posted: January 27, 2005

Mohamed al-Oshen, Al-Mohayed

Al-Oshen, editor-in-chief of the Riyadh-based Islamist weekly Al-Mohayed, 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 were immediately made public. 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.