Monday, June 13, 2016

Saudi regime arrests a popular Saudi academic

"A highly prominent and controversial Saudi media academic was arrested by authorities in Mecca early on Monday. Sources have told The New Arab that this was on the back a case brought against him by pan-Arab news channel al-Arabiya, which has long been a subject of his widely followed online campaign. The arrest of Ahmad bin Rashid bin Saeed al-Tamimi, known by his Twitter handle @loveliberty, is the latest in a spate of arrests of outspoken and prominent figures with massive followings on social media.  The professor of political communication has long been a critic of the MBC media empire and its news channel al-Arabiya, shooting to fame after his highly successful online campaign #DeconstructingZionistNarratives managed to garner a huge pan-Arab following and hundreds of thousands of engagements." 

PS The professor has a huge following on Twitter and is a strong and consistent critic of Saudi regime media especially its Zionist leanings.  He has Islamist Ikhwan leanings and he supports the Saudi regime and espouses the same sectarian message of the regime.  He is US- and UK-educated.