Saleh al-Shehi

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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 poster in Jeddah depicts Saudi Arabia's King and Crown Prince. A Saudi court has jailed a journalist for five years for insulting the royal court. (Reuters/Reem Baeshen)

Saudi journalist jailed for five years for insulting royal court

New York, February 8, 2018–A specialized criminal court in Saudi Arabia sentenced al-Watan columnist Saleh al-Shehi to five years in prison for “insulting the royal court,” and imposed a five-year travel ban that will go into effect on his release, according to a report published today in the privately-owned Saudi newspaper Okaz. Saudi security forces…

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In this photo released by the state-run Saudi Press Agency, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman speaks at a meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017. (AP/Saudi Press Agency)

Saudi Arabian authorities arrest local journalist following critical commentary

New York, January 5, 2018 — Saudi Arabian authorities must immediately release Saleh al-Shehi from detention and stop arresting journalists who criticize the country’s government, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Saudi security forces arrested al-Shehi, a columnist for the Saudi Arabian daily al-Watan, on January 3, according to Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi…

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