Saudi Arabia accused of hacking UK-based dissident

Saudi Arabia is being accused of using military-grade spyware to target a prominent critic in Britain.

    Ghanem Almasarir al-Dosari is a satirist and a YouTube influencer who has racked up more than 200 million views on his channel, where he regularly criticises the Saudi royal family.

    He has lived in the UK for more than 15 years in self-imposed exile and says he has been under police protection since the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

    Saudi Arabia's embassy in London was notified of a legal claim on Tuesday, accusing the kingdom of hacking the comedian's phone and using it to spy on him.

    It is the latest allegation linked to the NSO Group. The Israeli surveillance company's products have allegedly been used to target activists and journalists around the world.

    Khalil Jahshan is the executive director of research organisation the Arab Center Washington, DC. He joins us on Skype to discuss this.


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