Anger over Saudi censorship of RNW websites

12th August 2011, Comments 0 comments

Radio Netherlands Worldwide has reacted angrily to apparent censorship of its websites by Saudi Arabia.

The broadcaster's Deputy Editor-in-Chief Ardi Bouwers said, "However balanced our reporting may be, apparently it is touching a raw nerve with the Saudi authorities." 

Internet users in Saudi Arabia have been unable to access Radio Netherlands Worldwide's websites since a couple of weeks. People attempting to visit the site are presented with a message stating that the website has been blocked. A possible cause is a video published on RNW's Arabic site which is showing how a migrant is beten up in Saudi Arabia.

Earlier this year Radio Netherlands Worldwide exposed the dismal working conditions of domestic staff at the Saudi Embassy in The Hague. A recent RNW interview with prominent Syrian human rights activist Haitham Malehled led to many reactions from the Arab world.

So far there has not been any Saudi statement about the censoring of RNW's websites.

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