Yemeni writer and journalist Marwan Al-Muraisy has spent more than three and a half years in Saudi prisons without trial, and his legal status remains unknown.
Al-Muraisy was arrested in June 2018 while returning with his sick son from the hospital in Riyadh. A group of unidentified individuals dressed in civilian clothes arrested him and took him to an unknown location without disclosing the details and place of his arrest.
Al-Muraisy’s news was cut off for nearly a year, while the authorities denied knowing his whereabouts, until in May 2019 he was allowed to call the family for the first time for a few minutes, in which he told them that that he was still alive and being held in a Saudi detention facility without specifying his exact location.
Al-Muraisy was deprived of his most basic human and legal rights. He was not allowed to appoint a lawyer, or to know the real reason for his arrest. He was also deprived of regular communication with his family.
At the beginning of 2020, Al-Muraisy’s son died, and despite human rights appeals, the Saudi authorities refused Al-Muraisy’s request for a temporary release from prison to bury his son and attend the funeral, only to increase his suffering and punish him for no reason.
According to human rights sources, the Saudi authorities arrested Marwan Al-Muraisy, who was very active on social media, because he did not praise the Crown Prince and his vision related to the economy and diversity.
The Saudi regime is holding 31 journalists, including women, in its prisons, in addition to hundreds of opposition detainees including preachers, academics, activists and human rights defenders.
We strongly condemn the double standards of the Saudi regime regarding human rights and freedom of opinion and expression.
Detained Journalists in Saudi Prisons:
|Name||Date of Arrest||Media outlet|
|Fadel Al-Manasif||May 01, 2011||Field journalist and human rights activist|
|Raif Badawi||June 17, 2012||Blogger|
|Jassem Al-Saffar||May 09, 2013||Photojournalist|
|Wajdi Al-Ghazawi||February 03, 2014||Al-Fajr TV|
|Waleed Abu al-Khair||April 15, 2014||Lawyer and blogger|
|Trad Omari||November 10, 2016||Columnist|
|Nazir Al-Majed||January 18, 2017||Journalist in Al-Hayat newspaper|
|Musaed bin Hamad Al Kathiri||September 05, 2017|
|Ali Al-Omari||September 09, 2017||4 Shabab channel|
|Fahad Al Sunaidi||September 11, 2017||Al Majd TV|
|Adel Banama||September 12, 2017||4 Shabab channel|
|Khaled Al-Alkami||September 12, 2017|
|Walid Al-Huwairini||September 12, 2017||Al-Majd|
|Sami Al Thubaiti||September 13, 2017||Tawasol|
|Ahmad Al-Suwayan||September 13, 2017||Member of the Islamic Press Association|
|Malik Al-Ahmad||September 19, 2017||Al-Muhaid newspaper|
|Jamil Farsi||September 25, 2017||Columnist|
|Mohamed Saud Al-Bashir||October 05, 2017||Writer and journalist in Tawasol|
|Turki Al-Jasser||March 15, 2018||Freelance journalist and blogger|
|Marwan Al-Muraisy||June 01, 2018||Yemeni journalist and columnist|
|Sultan Al Jumairi||September 19, 2018|
|Zuhair Kutbi||January 10, 2019||Makkah newspaper|
|Abdul Rahman Farhana||February 22, 2019||Jordanian journalist|
|Mohamed Al-Sadiq||April 04, 2019||Maqal|
|Nayef Al-Handas||April 04, 2019||Journalist in more than one online media outlet|
|Badr Al-Ibrahim||April 04, 2019||Al-Araby Al-Jadeed|
|Themar Al Marzouki||April 04, 2019||The New Arab – Okaz|
|Abdullah Al-Duhailan||April 05, 2019||Journalist and presenter|
|Maha Al Rafidi Al Qahtani||September 28, 2019||Al-Watan|
|Zana Al-Shahry||September 28, 2019|
|Ali Mohsen Abu Lahoum||23 August 2021||CEO of Al-Awadi TV and presenter of Yemen Times Radio|