Saudi Arabia warns for new rounds of crackdown against activists and dissenters

Saudi Arabia warns for new rounds of crackdown against activists and dissenters

The Saudi Public Prosecution has warned activists of what it called “the production of something that would prejudice public order, religious values ​​or public morals” through communication sites, promising them penalties such as imprisonment and fines.

The Saudi Public Prosecution published a statement through its account on Twitter on Saturday evening, in which it warned against what it called “exploiting the issuing of some regulatory decisions in order to raise false information about them through social media.”

The Saudi Public Prosecution considered that “this false information would mislead public opinion and affect public order,” warning against participating in such.

The statement stressed that: “It is prohibited to produce, prepare, send, or store anything that would prejudice public order, religious values, public morals, or the sanctity of private life through the information network or a computer.”

The Saudi authorities have recently arrested activists, most notably Abdullah Gilan, for their qork on Twitter. According to the Sanad human rights organisation, the arrests included 12 male and female activists.

The organisation published in a tweet on its Twitter account a copy of Gilan’s passport, and called on the Saudi authorities to release him and all other such detainees, unconditionally.

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