Alaa Brinji

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Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Alaa Brinji (Arabic: علاء برنجي ), born about 1984, is a Saudi journalist. He received a sentence of five years in a Saudi Arabian prison after he posted on Twitter in support of human rights and women driving cars.[1][2][3] Brinji writes for the Saudi newspapers Al Sharq, Al Bilad, and Okaz.[4]

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Brinji was born around 1984. In 2012 he went to work for Al Sharq ("the Orient") newspaper. He was arrested in Dammam when he returned from a trip to Bahrain with his family. He was taken to Dammam prison.[5]

Brinji was arrested on May 12, 2014. He was held in solitary confinement and not permitted to speak to anyone. He was not allowed access to a lawyer. On March 24, 2016, he was convicted by Saudi Arabia’s Specialized Criminal Court (SCC), a counter-terrorism court. The charges were “insulting the rulers of the country”, “inciting public opinion”, “accusing security officers of killing protesters in Awamiyya”, “ridiculing Islamic religious figures” and “violating Article 6 of the Anti-Cyber Crime Law”. He received a travel ban for eight years and a fine of 50,000 Saudi riyals (about $13,300 USD). The court also ordered his Twitter account closed.[6]

International groups criticized the Saudi government because Brinjui did not have a lawyer and because he had a skin condition and did not have a cell with a daylight.[4][7][4]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Journalist jailed for tweets 'ridiculing Islamic religious figures' in Saudi Arabia". 25 March 2016.
  3. "Saudi journalist jailed over critical tweets". 25 March 2016 – via
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Saudi journalist Alaa Brinji jailed over series of tweets - Reporters without borders".
  5. "الصحفي السعودي علاء برنجي يقبع في السجن دون تهمة رسمية منذ أكثر من سنة".
  6. "Saudi Arabia: Journalist sentenced to five years in prison for tweets latest victim of crackdown".
  7. "140 Characters: Online Activists Harassed and Jailed in Arab Gulf States - Human Rights Watch".