Authorities free journalist who criticised religious extremism

first_img NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say April 28, 2021 Find out more Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa to go further Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders has noted the release on 18 April of Rabah Al-Quwai, who writes for the Saudi daily newspapers Okaz and Chams and the Arabic-language websites Dar el-Nadwa and Gasad al-Thaqafa. He was arrested on 2 April for criticising religious extremism in Saudi Arabia on the Internet.————————————————————————–13.04.2006 Saudi journalist arrested for criticising religious extremism in his countryReporters Without Borders today condemned the detention of Rabah Al-Quwai, who writes for the Saudi daily newspapers Okaz and Chams and the Arabic-language websites Dar el-Nadwa and Gasad al-Thaqafa. He has been held at a police station in the northern city of Hail since 2 April, apparently for criticising religious extremism in Saudi Arabia.“The arrest of a journalist for expressing his views on the Internet is simply unacceptable,” the press freedom organisation said. “We also deplore the lack of transparency in this case. No one knows what he has been charged with. He has not been allowed to receive a visit from a lawyer or his family although he has been held for more than a week.”Reporters Without Borders added: “We appeal to King Abdullah to intervene and have this journalist released. The time has come for him to show that he is sincere in his pledges to carry out reforms in the kingdom.”Reached by a family member at the time of his arrest, Al-Quwai said the police were “investigating the beliefs he had expressed in his writing.” The Saudi authorities have confirmed his arrest and have said he will be tried. But they have not said what the charges are.Al-Quwai received death threats last November over website articles that were considered too liberal. He wrote that Islam was interpreted in too strict a fashion in Saudi Arabia and that this had contributed to Al-Qaeda’s popularity there. Someone smashed the windscreen of his car, leaving a note saying: “Next time it will be you.” The police never investigated this incident. April 20, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities free journalist who criticised religious extremism Help by sharing this information News RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance March 9, 2021 Find out morecenter_img News RSF_en Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa News Organisation Saudi media silent on RSF complaint against MBS News Follow the news on Saudi Arabia June 8, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Authorities step up surveillance of online content

first_img June 2, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en April 21, 2021 Find out more Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire Help by sharing this information June 29, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities step up surveillance of online content PakistanAsia – Pacific Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists January 28, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders urges the authorities to abandon their Internet censorship plans after representatives of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) today told the Lahore high court that it will comply with a 22 June ruling ordering it to monitor certain websites and block links to “blasphemous” and “sacrilegious” content.“The situation of online free expression is deteriorating in Pakistan,” the press freedom organisation said. “The vice has been tightening since access to Facebook was blocked in mid-May. The country seems to want massive Internet surveillance and is moving towards a targeted filtering system that is neither transparent nor respectful of rights and freedoms.”Among the sites to be kept under watch are Yahoo!, MSN, Hotmail, YouTube, Google, Islam Exposed, In the Name of Allah, Amazon and Bing. Thirteen sites have already been blocked including www.skepticsannotatedbible.com, www.middle-east-info.org, www.faithfreedom.org, www.thereligionofpeace.com, www.abrahamic-faith.com, www.muhammadlied.com, www.prophetofdoom.net, www.worldthreats.com, www.voiceofbelievers.com and www.walidshoebat.com.The court issued its ruling in response to a petition from Pakistan lawyer and activist Muhammad Siddiq for the blocking of all sites with blasphemous content. Siddiq is also responsible for a blasphemy complaint against Facebook’s executives that Reporters Without Borders has already condemned.Representing the federal government, deputy attorney general Muhammad Hussain Azad supported the request for the blocking of sites.Article 295-C of the Pakistani criminal codes says: “Whoever by words, either spoken or written or by visible representation, or by any imputation, innuendo, or insinuation, directly or indirectly, defiles the sacred name of the Holy Prophet Mohammed shall be punished with death, or imprisonment for life, and shall also be liable to fine.”The court has scheduled its next hearing on this matter for 22 September.center_img News to go further News Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder Follow the news on Pakistan News PakistanAsia – Pacific Organisation Receive email alertslast_img read more