Eman Al Nafjan

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Demonstrators urge Saudi authorities to release jailed women's rights blogger Eman Al Nafjan and activists Loujain al-Hathloul and Aziza al-Yousef outside the Saudi Arabian embassy in Paris on March 8, 2019. Today, Al Nafjan and two activists were released from prison. (Benoit Tessier/Reuters)

CPJ welcomes release of Saudi blogger after 10 months, calls for charges to be dropped

New York, March 28, 2019 — The Committee to Protect Journalists today welcomed the release of Saudiwoman’s Weblog founder Eman Al Nafjan, and called on Saudi authorities to immediately and unconditionally release all other journalists in custody.

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A Saudi flag flies in front of the country's consulate in Istanbul, where columnist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered, in October 2018. In Saudi Arabia, two female journalists who criticized the kingdom's driving ban are on trial. (AFP/Yasin Akgul)

Saudi Arabia jails another journalist, tries women who criticized driving ban

New York, March 13, 2019–Saudi authorities must immediately release all journalists from jail and end its censorship of those critical of the kingdom, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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A portrait of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during National Day celebrations in September 2018. The climate for press freedom has become more repressive under his rule. (AFP/Fayez Nureldine)

‘New’ Saudi Arabia ushers in even more repressive climate for journalists

Marwan al-Mureisi knew the rules: even in Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s “new” Saudi Arabia, issues touching on politics, religion, or the royal family were out of bounds. So in his reporting for the privately owned website Sabq and other outlets, al-Mureisi wrote about science, technology, and the need to embrace creativity and innovation–all hallmarks…

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A Saudi woman gestures as she sits in a car during a driving class at a university in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on March 7, 2018. Saudi security forces detained blogger Eman Al Nafjan alongside six other people associated with the women's rights movement who have campaigned for an end to the ban on women driving, according to reports. (Reuters/Faisal Al Nasser)

Saudi blogger Eman Al Nafjan detained

New York, May 22, 2018–The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern over the detention of Eman Al Nafjan, a Saudi blogger who writes about women’s issues, and urges the country’s authorities to confirm her whereabouts and release her immediately.

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