The recent investigation exposing the UAE's cyber-surveillance program fits in neatly with the country's quest to silence democratic actors across the Middle East.
The move is the latest in a series of measures aimed at increasing the rights of women in the kingdom, even as rights groups accuse Riyadh of cracking down on women's rights activists.
Loujain al Hathloul accused interrogators of torture and sexual harassment, a charge vehemently denied by Saudi Arabia.
The continued imprisonment of women's rights activists in Saudi Arabia is a clear sign that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's vision for reform is about optics, not change.
Jailed activists Nouf Abdulaziz, Loujain al Hathloul and Eman al Nafjan bag Freedom to Write Award, PEN America announces.
The disappearance of prominent journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, from the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, shows that the kingdom might be taking its war against detractors to other countries.
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