Yemeni journalist. Freelance reporter Marwan al-Mureisi covered technology and social media platforms and steered clear of politics throughout his career of more than a decade as a journalist. He was arrested on June 1, 2018, and finally was allowed to contact him family almost a year later. No charges have been disclosed. Authorities arrested al-Mureisi on June 1, 2018, at the Specialized Medical Center Hospital in Riyadh, while he was at the bedside of his five-year-old son, according to Khatab Alrawhani, a Yemeni journalist in Washington, D.C., with knowledge of al-Mureisi’s case, citing sources close to al-Mureisi. His arrest was also reported by the human rights organization Al-Qst, which said in a joint statement with other international rights groups that he was arrested at his home. Alrawhani told CPJ that al-Mureisi’s son was left alone in the hospital, and that relatives later received a call of unknown origin telling them to go to the hospital to attend to him. Al-Mureisi wrote for the privately owned Saudi website Al-Sabq and other outlets, as well as posting on his Twitter account and YouTube channel. Alrawhani told CPJ that al-Mureisi did not touch on politics, religion, or sensitive social issues in his reporting, which was mainly technology-focused. The human rights organization Al-Karama similarly reported that al-Mureisi did not report on politics. The organization said al-Mureisi once appeared on a program hosted by Salman al-Awdah, a television cleric who himself was later detained, and discussed how internet technology could reach the Arab world. In September 2017, authorities under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman began arresting perceived dissidents, including journalists, academics, religious figures and activists, including those who were previously critical of the Saudi government, as well as independent thinkers and writers who did not publicly state their support for the crown prince or his policies. On May 13, 2019, al-Mureisi’s sister said in a tweet that he had contacted the family by phone and confirmed that he was being held by Saudi authorities. In October 2019, Alrawhani told CPJ that al-Mureisi’s family was allowed to visit him once a month and talk to him on the phone once a week. Alrawhani said al-Mureisi was last interrogated in July and was told that he would be released soon, and that he would not appear before a court; however, he said there had been no further updates since then. According to Alrawhani, al-Mureisi is being held at al-Hair prison in Riyadh.
Name: Marwan al-Muraisy
Name in Arabic: مروان المريسي
Date of Birth: 4 June 1905
Marital status: Married
Profession: Journalist , Writer
Place of residence: Riyadh
Arrest and jail information
Date of arrest:1 June 2018
Manner of arrest: Arrested at his home by security forces, taken to an unknown location and held incommunicado
Where held: Al-Ha’ir Prison, Riyadh
Alleged crimes: Unknown
Victim's charges: Unknown
Date of verdict: Unknown
Updates on trial: Unknown
Human Rights Violations
Violations: Arbitrary arrest/ detention , Enforced disappearance , Denied contact with family , Denied access to a lawyer
Violation details: From his arrest until May 2019, al-Muraisy’s family were denied any information about him, unable to see him, visit him, phone him, or know anything about his fate. In May 2019, he was finally able to contact his family nearly a year after his enforced disappearance. Due to the covid-19 breakout in Saudi Arabia in April 2020 Marwan was denied contact with his family again.
Reference 1: https://cpj.org/data/people/marwan-al-mureisi/
Reference 2: https://menarights.org/en/caseprofile/yemeni-journalist-marwan-al-muraisy-missing-june-2018-arrest-saudi-arabia
Reference 3: https://alqst.org/prisonersofconscience/marwan-al-muraisy
Reference 4: None
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