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Reporters Without Borders, an international organization defending press freedom, said in a report on Wednesday (10 July 2019) that a delegation traveled to Saudi Arabia in April on an unprecedented mission to call for the release of 30 journalists. Journalists detained in the country's prisons. The organization called for intensified international pressure on the kingdom ahead of the G20 summit due to be hosted next year.

A delegation of four persons, led by the Secretary-General of the Organization, Christoph Delaware, visited Saudi Arabia from 21 to 23 April. The delegation met with Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir, Minister of Information Turki Al-Shabbana, Minister of Justice Walid bin Mohammed Al-Sama'ani, Attorney General Saud Al-Adab,.

The organization said that the main objective of the delegation's mission was "to address the continued arbitrary detention of 30 journalists and journalists and ensure their release." The organization said it had kept the "secret" of the visit since then, after discussing the possibility of amnesty for detainees on the occasion of Ramadan, a measure not taken by the Saudi government.

It is time for Saudi Arabia to take action after the kingdom has become more and more in the spotlight, as the eyes of the world are on the verge of publication of an international report condemning Riyadh in the case of the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi,"He said.

"Khashoggi's death has caused serious damage to Saudi Arabia's reputation internationally," said Christophe Delaware, Secretary-General of Reporters Without Borders. "It was a dark spot in the record of a country that ranks in the worst rankings on the World Press Freedom List"He said.

"The urgent need for a strong signal from the Saudi government that there is real political will to begin redressing this damage, and we believe that this can only be achieved through serious measures such as the release of all journalists detained in the country"He said.

On the other hand, the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee introduced a bill calling for pressure on Saudi Arabia on human rights and criticizes Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, but does not deal with arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

H / H / A / H (dpa, Reuters)

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