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Liberal Saudi writer detained over tweets on Islam

Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Publication Date 25 December 2012
Cite as Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Liberal Saudi writer detained over tweets on Islam, 25 December 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/50ed343728.html [accessed 28 December 2014]
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December 25, 2012

A liberal Saudi writer has been detained on charges of making insulting comments about Islam.

Family members said Turki Al-Hamad was arrested on the orders of Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdel Aziz on December 24.

Al-Hamad recently attacked radical Islamists on his Twitter account.

He accused them of twisting the message of Prophet Muhammad.

In a recent tweet he characterized Islamic extremism as "a neo-Nazism which is on the rise in the Arab world."

The comments prompted a fierce debate between his supporters and opponents on social networking websites in Saudi Arabia.

Authorities and conservative clerics have criticized Al-Hamad many times before for his outspoken liberal views in the conservative country.

Based on reporting by AFP and dpa

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