Al Jazeera anchor Ghada Oueiss sues Saudi and UAE crown princes over phone hack, harassment
- She sued Mohammed bin Salman and Mohammed bin Zayed for allegedly hacking into her phone and stealing and doctoring images to silence her
- The journalist claims she was a target of the harassment because of her reporting on human rights abuses
Ghada Oueiss claims she was a target of the harassment because of her reporting on human rights abuses, according to her complaint filed on Wednesday in Miami federal court.
Some of those officials used US-based entities such as the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission to recruit US citizens in campaigns to attack critics of the regimes, according to the suit.
Oueiss says a Miami woman and a man in Orlando, Florida, were responsible for hacking her phone and lifting images, including a video screenshot doctored to make her appear nude and disseminated on social media.
“Ms. Oueiss is one of the most recent of a list of journalists targeted by joint and coordinated efforts of Saudi and UAE leadership, which leverage multiple entities and vectors using social media harassment campaigns and targeted hacking efforts to defame, humiliate and harm dissidents,” according to the complaint.
Representatives of the Saudi and UAE embassies in Washington couldn’t immediately be reached by email or phone for comment.