Saudi arabia

first_imgNews Follow the news on Saudi Arabia Read in Arabic / اقرأ التقرير بالعربية Organisation March 12, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Saudi arabia to go further RSF_en Receive email alerts NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say April 28, 2021 Find out more June 8, 2021 Find out more RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance In 2011, the regime did everything possible to dissuade the population from supporting the arab revolutionary movement. Its rigid opposition to the simmering unrest on the Web caused it to tighten its Internet stranglehold even more to stifle all political and social protests. Saudi media silent on RSF complaint against MBS News News Harsh censorshipIntolerant of criticism, in the last few years the government has been enforcing harsh censorship through the use of extended filtering bolstered by repressive legislation and widespread online surveillance (see the Saudi Arabia chapter of the 2011 “Enemies of the Internet” report).The authorities resorted to blocking websites created in the aftermath of the demonstrations in Tunisia and Egypt which relay the protestors’ demands, such as and An online petition was circulated to openly call for the King to initiate political reform. Despite the censorship, it was signed by several hundred people – activists, writers and academics – and posted on Twitter, thanks to the hashtag #saudimataleb. The authorities intensified their crackdown on forums and social networks, anticipating demonstrations held in several of the Kingdom’s cities on 11 March, redubbed the “Day of Rage.” Facebook’s “Revolutionary Nostalgia” page, which echoes the calls for reform, was added to the long list of URLs rendered inaccessible in the country. NGO Amnesty International’s website was blocked after publication of an anti-terrorist draft law aimed at repressing even more severely criticisms of the royal family.Attempt to impose a blackout on protests in eastern Saudi ArabiaThe authorities tried to impose a total media blackout on protests in the governorate of Al-Qatif in eastern Saudi Arabia, which has a majority Shiite population, raising the spectre of religious unrest to justify the repression. Several demonstrators were shot and killed. Even foreign journalists with visas were stopped and questioned while covering protests in the town of Hofuf, also in the eastern part of the country. It was netizens – sometimes at the risk of life – who circulated news about these events online. Bloggers Mustafa Al-Mubarak and Hussein Al-Hashim, known for their Web-based activities, were arrested in April 2011 and their computers confiscated. They were later released. However, writer Nazir Al-Majid, who in April had published an article entitled “I protest, therefore I am a human being” on the news website, is still in prison. So are Fadil Al-Manasef and Hussein Al-Youssef, as well as writer and reformer Sheikh Mekhlef bin Dahham Al-Shammari. Detained since June 2010, he may be facing “terrorism” charges. His state of health has grown considerably worse.Avoid any risk of “social destabilisation”Special measures have been taken to avoid any risk of “social destabilisation” in a troubled regional conjuncture, despite promises made by the King in March 2011 to grant billions of dollars in subsidies to improve the Saudis’ working and housing conditions, as well as their health coverage. Three online TV journalists were arrested in October 2011 and held for several days after the “Malub Aleyna” show broadcast a report on the living conditions of the poorest inhabitants of the Saudi capital. The programme’s online video has been viewed over 500,000 times. Radio Nederland’s Internet website was blocked after it featured an article on the poor treatment of immigrants in Saudi Arabia.Another evidence of Saudi Arabia’s implacable intolerance of freedom of expression : Hamza Kashgari, a young journalist, was arrested after expressing his personal views online. He is facing a possible death sentence for three tweets which the Saudi authorities regard as blasphemous.In the last few months, the fight for women’s rights has been waged mainly online – the only news and mobilisation platform for such issues – from the “Women2Drive” campaign promoting the right of women to drive launched on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube (one of its organizers was arrested for filming herself while driving), to the Baladi campaign for women’s right to vote. The latter ended in triumph: women have won the right to vote in the 2015 elections. This victory is all the more significant in that it occurred at a time of widespread loss of individual freedoms. Related documents Saudi arabia ARPDF – 90.52 KB News Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa March 9, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Police searching for information in connection to burglary, theft cases

first_img By Odessa American – February 24, 2021 Pinterest Twitter Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsApp Twittercenter_img Local NewsLaw Enforcement Police searching for information in connection to burglary, theft cases TAGS  Facebook File image of OPD police vehicle. The Odessa Police Department is searching for information about storage unit burglaries and a camper trailer theft.Storage units were reported to have been burglarized at 11:56 a.m. April 25 at Mesa Storage located at 620 Dale St., an OPD press release stated.Investigation showed two males and one female burglarized 15 storage units before leaving the scene in two vehicles. There was between $40,000 and $50,000 worth of property stolen from the storage units.Anyone who recognizes any of the three suspects or suspects’ vehicles is asked to contact Detective S. Chavez at 432-335-3347 or Odessa Crime Stoppers at 432-333-TIPS and reference case No. 19-16196. Photos of the suspects and vehicles can be viewed at camper trailer theft was reported at 7:59 a.m. April 29 at John Sales and Service located at 227 S. Dock Road, a release stated.The complainant stated that an unknown subject used a heavy duty Chevrolet flatbed truck to steal the complainant’s gray and white Bullitt camper trailer.Anyone who recognizes the suspect’s vehicle or stolen trailer, which can be viewed at is asked to contact Detective R. Celaya at 432-335-4937 or Odessa Crime Stoppers at 432-333-TIPS and reference case No. 19-16701. Previous articleKhudobin helps Stars end 6-game skid in 3-0 win vs. PanthersNext articleOPD, ECSO see few incidents during heavy rainfall Odessa Americanlast_img read more