Abdullah al-Duhailan

Abdullah al-Duhailan

Abdullah al-Duhailan

Abdullah al-Duhailan was one of several journalists arrested in April 2019. He wrote for a U.K.-based newspaper and hosted an online talk show. Al-Duhailan was arrested April 4, according to The Associated Press and the London-based human rights organization Al-Qst. Al-Duhailan wrote chiefly for the London-based newspaper Al-Hayat and hosted the talk show "Al-Markaz," broadcast on social media, according to his author page on Al-Hayat and his social media accounts. Al-Duhailan’s reporting for Al-Hayat included interviews with women who drove cars in defiance of Saudi Arabia’s ban on women driving, a ban that was lifted in 2018, according to a CPJ review of his writing. Unlike other journalists detained at the same time, al-Duhailan’s writing focused more on local news in Saudi Arabia, although several articles touched on women’s rights activists.

Personal information

Name: Abdullah al-Duhailan

Name in Arabic: عبد الله الدحيلان

Date of Birth: Unknown

Gender: Male

Marital status: --

Profession: Writer , Other

Place of residence: Dammam

Arrest and jail information

Date of arrest:5 April 2019

Manner of arrest: Arrested from his home in Dammam

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

Trial information

Alleged crimes: Unknown

Victim's charges: Unknown

Court: --

Verdict: Unknown

Date of verdict: Unknown

Updates on trial: Unknown

Previous arrests:

Human Rights Violations

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

Violation details: Unknown


Reference 1: None

Reference 2: https://cpj.org/data/people/abdullah-al-duhailan/

Reference 3: https://alqst.org/prisonersofconscience/abdullah-al-duhailan

Reference 4: None


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