Web Only
December 25, 2012

Saudi Arabia arrests another writer over tweets

Reactions online polarised over Turki Al-Hamad’s arrest.
Turki Al-Hamad
Screen shot of Turki Al-Hamad's Twitter account.

A well-known Saudi writer, Turki Al-Hamad, was arrested on Monday for tweets deemed critical of Islam. Saudi Arabia’s Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef reportedly ordered the arrest.

The response online has been polarised, with many using the hashtag اعتقال_تركي_الحمد# (“The arrest of Turki Al-Hamad”) to come to Al-Hamad's defence and others using الزنديق_تركي_الحمد# (“Turki Al-Hamad the heretic”) to condemn him. The specific tweet Al-Hamad was allegedly arrested for, shown below, implies he thinks Islam should be corrected: