Media watchdog urges Obama to press Saudi king on rights

Saudi King Salman stands during the arrival of US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh on January 27, 2015Reporters Without Borders (RSF) called on US President Barack Obama to press Saudi King Salman on what it called the monarchy’s “dismal” human rights record when they meet on Friday. Salman, whose deeply conservative Muslim country ranks 164th on the media watchdog’s World Press Freedom Index, is to meet the president at the White House, his first visit since ascending the throne in January.

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