Stories about Saudi Arabia

Netizen Report: Amid WhatsApp attacks, advocates launch legal challenge against Israeli malware maker

Spyware makers exploit a security flaw in WhatsApp, Singapore bans false information and Somalia plans to shut down social media during school exams.

Netizen Report: Saudi Arabian authorities arrest three bloggers and execute 37 prisoners, several of them protesters

Saudi Arabia's assault on free speech continues, Careem might be sharing your number with drivers, and the internet is still shutdown in Chad.

How Saudi leaders are using religion to consolidate power and silence critical voices

''Oppression is a comprehensive system, and [in our country] it is enabled by religion.'' 

Netizen Report: Who else is being silenced in Saudi Arabia?

Jamal Khashoggi's murder forces light on other abuses in Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh blocks Skype and China goes after Twitter users.

Meet the women's rights activists behind bars in Saudi Arabia

On International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, human rights organisations continue to call for the release of jailed Saudi women activists.

Israa Al-Ghomgham, a Saudi woman facing the death penalty for peaceful protest

Al-Ghomgham, and many other Saudis Shiites, took to the streets in 2011 to demand better rights.

Arrested in Saudi Arabia, and then disappeared: Yemeni writer Marwan Almuraisy

In the authoritarian kingdom, the crackdown against independent voices has escalated under Mohammed Bin Salman's rule.

A lethal combination: How MENA governments use cybercrime laws and spyware to target activists

Gulf governments continue to deploy cybercrime laws as an arbitrary legal cover to target target human rights defenders.

Saudi Arabia Eases Restrictions on Messaging Apps, But WhatsApp and Viber Are Still Blocked

Since 2013, the Saudi government has partially or fully blocked chat and call applications including WhatsApp, Skype, Facebook Messenger and FaceTime.

Five Years on, Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi's Family Repeats Call for His Release

Miriam was a four-year-old the last time she saw her father: "I try to remember you. Your voice, your hugs, but I can’t."

Netizen Report: Gulf States Say ‘Pro-Qatar’ Speech Now Constitutes Cybercrime

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

Assaults on Rights Activists Harm Civil Society — And Saudi Arabia's Progress

Saudi Arabia's ongoing crackdown on peaceful activism is depriving activists of their freedom and basic rights -- and it's costing the kingdom the work and creativity of its brightest reformists.

Netizen Report: Protesters Flush SIMs, Set Fire to Modems in Saudi Telecom Boycott

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

Saudi Mobile Data Quality Provokes National Protest Against Bad Service

Saudi social media users are protesting against the nation's mobile network operators' bad service and the continued blocking of VoIP apps that are supposed to be available for free.

Angered by Mobile App Censorship, Saudis Ask: ‘What's the Point of Having Internet?’

Saudi Arabia, which already blocks WhatsApp, Viber and Skype, has angered users by blocking the messaging and voice calling app LINE.

WikiLeaks: From Collateral Murder to Collateral Recklessness

From rape victims to democratic party donors, WikiLeaks' latest data dumps demonstrate a disturbing trend of publishing the personal information of private individuals.

Iranian Hardliners Want to Stop Blocking Twitter — to Defeat Saudi Propaganda

Iranian hardliners, typically champions of Internet censorship, are calling on the government to stop blocking Twitter in order to counter Saudi Arabian propaganda against Iran.

Indian Migrant Worker Arrested in Saudi Arabia For Denouncing Working Conditions on Facebook

"People stuck...in a country where they are treated worse than dogs, for years in very bad conditions, that's the reality 'necessary' for us to fuel our tanks. Infuriating and depressing."

Saudi Arabia Sentences Twitter User to 10 Years in Prison and 2,000 Lashes for Apostasy

Saudi Arabia has sentenced a Twitter user to 10 years in prison in addition to 2,000 lashes for publishing 600 tweets "which spread atheism" online.

Saudi Arabia Reduces Ashraf Fayadh's Death Sentence to Eight Years in Prison and 800 Lashes

Saudi Arabia overturned the death sentence of Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayadh, accused of apostasy and other blasphemy-related offenses which he denies, to eight years imprisonment and 800 lashes.

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