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Saudi writer jailed for participating in demonstrations, links with foreign media

DUBAI: A Saudi writer has been sentenced to seven years in prison for offences including having contact with foreign journalists, a rights group said on Thursday, part of what activists call "an intensified crackdown". The Gulf Centre for Human Rights said Nadhir al-Majid, 40, received the sentence last week from the Specialised Criminal Court in Riyadh. Rights monitors have criticised the practice of trying activists in such courts, which handle "terrorism" cases. "Reports have confirmed that the writer was alone…