Experiments with Truth: Analysis

Reporting Saudi Arabia’s hidden uprising

In Saudi Arabia’s oil-rich Eastern Province, protesters inspired by the Arab Spring have been venting their anger against the government for the last three years. Saudi journalist Safa Alahmad got unprecedented access to the area.

Even inside Saudi Arabia, the protests in the coastal region of Qatif hardly ever make the news. It’s nearly impossible for journalists to operate here.

But I travelled in under the radar. I know the area well, as I was born and raised nearby.

I visited the Eastern Province several times in the past two years without the knowledge of the Saudi authorities.

I wanted to find out why activists from the country’s Shia minority were risking their lives to demonstrate against the monarchy.

How had frequent protests rumbled on without being silenced?

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