I’m asking for people to be allowed to speak. I’m asking for the minimum.

Jamal Khashoggi

1958-2018

Saudi Journalist and
Washington Post Columnist

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) claims to be a progressive.

But is he?

His
Progress

Hosts Women’s Sports Tournaments

Invests American Tech Companies

Hosts American Celebrities & Artists

The
Reality

Arrests Women’s Rights Activists

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Imprisons American Citizens

Murders Washington Post Columnist

A few of his victims:

BARRED FROM TRAVEL

Loujain Al-Hathloul

CRIME: Advocating for women’s rights and the end to Saudi Arabia’s male guardianship system.

IMPRISONED

Abdulrahman Alsadhan

CRIME: Posting a series of satirical and critical tweets of MBS.

MURDERED

Jamal Khashoggi

CRIME: Writing a monthly column in the Washington Post that criticized MBS and his policies.

Whitewash.

verb

  1. deliberately attempt to conceal unpleasantly or incriminating facts about (someone or something)
  2. an attempt to stop people finding out the true facts about a situation

Whitewasher- in-Chief.

Under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), who rose to power in 2017, Saudi Arabia now has one of the worst human rights records in the world.

MBS is responsible for countless kidnappings and unjust detentions, over 3,000 political prisoners, as well as assassinations and assassination attempts against those who dare speak out against him or his abuses.
People who’ve taken a stand.

Why should celebrities get involved?

Well...

In a nationwide U.S. survey on human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia, respondents who are knowledgeable about Saudi Arabia said they want celebrities to take action against countries that violate human rights.

of respondents are influenced by celebrities’ assessment of human rights.

of them are knowledgeable about Saudi Arabia.

ADDITIONALLY, almost half of all respondents said that a celebrity endorsement of Saudi Arabia diminishes the likelihood that they would attend their events.

And...

58%

Of respondents believe that celebrities have a role to play in raising awareness about human rights abuses and nearly half believe they should stop supporting countries altogether if they abuse human rights.

In summary,

4 out of 9 Americans would think twice about attending one of their events.

Be a voice for freedom!

I PLEDGE

I pledge to be an ally in challenging authoritarians who silence truth and freedom.

I pledge to use my platform to call for an end to human rights abuses.

I pledge to encourage others to avoid being a part of MBS’ whitewashing efforts.

I pledge to be a voice for the voiceless and #StopMBS.
Who is Freedom First?

Freedom First is a campaign in partnership with The Freedom Initiative and Amnesty International to educate leaders from throughout the entertainment industry about human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia and the impacts of entertainment-based celebrity-washing.

Our Partners.
What we have done so far:

Jamal Projection

On the 2nd anniversary of the assassination of Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, Freedom First projected giant images of Jamal on the facade of the Embassy of Saudi Arabia and various other locations across Washington D.C

ShowTime Projection

On the 2nd anniversary of the assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Freedom First partnered with human rights organizations to project ShowTime’s documentary film  Kingdom of Silence in Washington, D.C.

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