Saudi Campaigns for Change Far From Home

(New York Times) More than 350 people have been arrested by police in Saudi Arabia this month for taking part in protest demonstrations inspired by the Movement for Islamic Reform in Arabia, a group of London-based Saudis headed by Saad al-Fagih, who represent the first opposition voice broadcasting into the kingdom. Al-Fagih believed the movement's Al-Islah network was reaching an audience in the millions because of the large number of individual satellite dishes in Saudi Arabia. People communicate with his service by cellphone and Internet chat rooms, and a device in the London studio can disguise voices if the callers want protection.

2003-10-30 00:00:00

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