Adelrahman Farhanah

Abdul rahman Farhanah

Abdul rahman Farhanah

Jordanian journalist Abdulrahman Farhana was arrested by Saudi authorities in February 2019. Farhana covered political and religious issues that have become increasingly sensitive in Saudi Arabia. He also wrote for Al-Jazeera’s website; Saudi authorities have banned the Qatari broadcaster in the kingdom. Farhana was arrested on February 20, 2019, according to the London-based, Qatari-funded news outlet Al-Araby and Hilmi Asmar, a Jordanian journalist and friend of Farhana, who spoke to CPJ. Farhana’s family announced the arrest in a statement issued by the Jordanian Press Syndicate and published in the Jordanian newspaper Al-Rai on April 23. Prior to his arrest, Farhana had lived in Saudi Arabia for nearly 42 years and wrote about politics for a Jordanian newspaper, Al-Sabeel, and for Al-Jazeera’s website, according to Asmar. According to the Al-Sabeel website, Farhana wrote for the newspaper from outside Jordan, but the publication did not specify that he was writing from Saudi Arabia; CPJ could not locate examples of his work for the paper. Farhana wrote for Al-Jazeera about intra-Palestinian politics, regional geopolitics, and Islamist political movements, according to his author page on the network’s website. Asmar told CPJ that Farhana had not been charged and had no access to a lawyer, and said it was not clear why he was arrested. Several bloggers and journalists who previously wrote about Islamist movements or Palestinian issues have been detained. He was allowed one call with his family in July, according to Asmar. In an article for Arabi 21, Asmar is quoted as saying that Farhana suffers from diabetes and high blood pressure.

Personal information

Name: Abdul rahman Farhanah

Name in Arabic: عبد الرحمن فرحانة

Date of Birth: Unknown

Gender: Male

Marital status: Married

Profession: Journalist

Place of residence: Unknown

Arrest and jail information

Date of arrest:1 April 2019

Manner of arrest: Unknown

Where held: Al-Mabaheth (General Investigations Directorate), Dammam

Trial information

Alleged crimes: Unknown

Victim's charges: 1-Joining a terrorist entity. 2- Providing financial support and aid to a terrorist entity 3- Covering up for the leaders of the terrorist group and the sources of his income.

Court: Specialised Criminal Court (SCC)

Verdict: Unknown

Date of verdict: Unknown

Updates on trial: Unknown

Previous arrests:

Human Rights Violations

Violations: Arbitrary arrest/ detention , Denied contact with family , Denied access to a lawyer

Violation details: Unknown


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