Interesting Q&A with Frederic Wehrey of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He says:
The human rights situation in the country remains dire by any objective measure. But with the advent of social media, the real truth is becoming increasingly transparent to Saudis. This is particularly the case with political prisoners.
Saudis are increasingly debating their government’s behavior and old limits on criticizing the royal family are being breached. They are questioning whether the religious establishment should have a stranglehold over the country’s judiciary and legal process. And some high-profile incidents are sparking debate.
PS. The photo on top of that page is from Kuwait, not Saudi Arabia.