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Press freedom group traveled to Saudi over jailed reporters

July 10, 2019
FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2018 file photo, a video image of Hatice Cengiz, fiancee of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, is played during an event to remember Khashoggi, who died inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2, 2018, in Washington. Reporters Without Borders, a press freedom group, says it has taken an unprecedented mission to Saudi Arabia to advocate for the release of 30 jailed journalists in the aftermath of the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi. Reporters Without Borders said a small delegation led by its secretary general met with the Saudi foreign, justice and media ministers, and the public prosecutor, during a three-day visit in April to engage directly with the government on the need for urgent press freedom reforms. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A press freedom group says it has taken an unprecedented mission to Saudi Arabia to advocate for the release of 30 jailed journalists in the aftermath of the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi.

Reporters Without Borders, known by its French acronym RSF, says its secretary general led a small delegation that met with the Saudi foreign, justice and media ministers, and the public prosecutor, during a three-day visit in April to engage directly with the government on the need for urgent press freedom reforms.

The group said on Wednesday it kept the mission confidential until now because the possibility of pardons had been discussed. RSF says “it is time for the Saudi government to act.”

Saudi Arabia ranks 172nd out of 180 countries on RSF’s World Press Freedom Index.

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