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. Brinji writes for the Saudi newspapers Al Sharq, Al Bilad, and Okaz.
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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.
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.
References[change | change source]
- "Journalist jailed for tweets 'ridiculing Islamic religious figures' in Saudi Arabia". 25 March 2016.
- "Saudi journalist jailed over critical tweets". 25 March 2016 – via www.bbc.com.
- "Saudi journalist Alaa Brinji jailed over series of tweets - Reporters without borders".
- "الصحفي السعودي علاء برنجي يقبع في السجن دون تهمة رسمية منذ أكثر من سنة".
- "Saudi Arabia: Journalist sentenced to five years in prison for tweets latest victim of crackdown".
- "140 Characters: Online Activists Harassed and Jailed in Arab Gulf States - Human Rights Watch".