Sultan al-Jumairi

Sultan al-Jumairi

Sultan al-Jumairi

Sultan al-Jumairi is a blogger, freelance journalist, and former editor of Al-Taqrir newspaper. Al-Jumairi was inactive for several years as a journalist by the time of his arrest, which was reported in September 2018, and it is unclear where he is being held or why. The online newspaper Al-Sharq and a tweet by Qatari-based Al-Jazeera reported Al-Jumairi’s arrest in September 2018, citing activists. Neither specified the date he was arrested. Al-Jazeera reported that al-Jumairi was editor-in-chief of Al-Taqrir until Saudi authorities abruptly suspended the newspaper in 2015; the suspension was also reported by Qatar-funded online news outlet Al-Araby al-Jadeed. Al-Jumairi also wrote his own blog which is now offline but was last archived by the Internet Archive on February 27, 2014; individual blog posts were not archived and CPJ was not able to review their content. In the biography page of the blog, al-Jumairi wrote that he had also written for Al-Muhaid newspaper and the magazines Al-Bayan, Al-Osrah, and Al-Ra’ah. Al-Jumairi also wrote articles for the Kuwait-based think tank Gulf Centre for Development Policies between 2013 and 2016 about labor movements and rights in Saudi Arabia. Al-Jumairi did not appear to be active as a journalist after 2016. In September 2017, authorities under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman began arresting perceived dissidents, including journalists, academics, religious figures and activists 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. In many cases, detained journalists’ articles are scrubbed from the internet, and detained bloggers’ websites are no longer active.

Personal information

Name: Sultan al-Jumairi

Name in Arabic: سلطان الجمري

Date of Birth: Unknown

Gender: Male

Marital status: --

Profession: Journalist , Writer

Place of residence: Riyadh

Arrest and jail information

Date of arrest:12 September 2018

Manner of arrest: Arrested after being lured into returning to Saudi Arabia from Canada, where he was living, by the Saudi authorities telling him that he was not on any wanted list

Where held: Unknown

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 , Enforced disappearance , Denied access to a lawyer

Violation details: Unknown


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