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Human Rights Group Says More Journalists Arrested In Saudi Arabia

Even after criticism over the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a human rights group says Saudi Arabia is still arresting journalists and activists.
Posted at 1:36 PM, Nov 26, 2019

At least eight journalists and activists have been arrested in Saudi Arabia over the last two weeks, according to a human rights group.

ALQST reported Saudi authorities raided the journalists' homes, arrested them and took their devices. The organization says more writers have also been arrested, but they were still working to identify them. 

ALQST's latest report noted other writers, activists and critics remain in Saudi prisons. They have been subjected to abuse and torture, according to reports by news outlets and human rights organizations

Saudi Arabia has been cracking down on dissent since Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman consolidated power. That includes his critics both at home and abroad. The most high-profile case is the assassination of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi last year. The CIA and other foreign intelligence agencies say there is credible evidence the crown prince ordered the killing, though Saudi Arabia denies the allegation.

Censorship in Saudi Arabia is common, as the government controls the news outlets. In its 2019 press freedom rankings, Reporters Without Borders ranked Saudi Arabia 172nd out of 180 for press freedom.