19 May 2020 Lvl. 1
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Alert created on: 11 May 2020 n° 51/2020 Sweden

Cartoonist Mahmoud Abbas Threatened with Death

Source of threatUnknown
CategoryHarassment and intimidation of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ
Partner EFJ/IFJ
On 20 April 2020, the cartoonist of Palestinian origin Mahmoud Abbas, based in Sweden, published a cartoon about the collapse of oil prices as the COVID-19 strongly impacted the oil industry.

The cartoon shows a person in a Gulf Arab dress running away from rolling barrels of oil. The caption says "Drop in oil prices". The cartoon quickly went viral on Twitter in Saudi Arabia as the character was identified by the audience as crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman.

The next day, Mahmoud Abbas received thousands of tweets and comments on social networks, including insults, hate speech and death threats towards him and his family. Some referred to him as a "terrorist". Personal information about his family and his location in Sweden was also shared.

A complaint was filed to the Swedish police.
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