We report here our observation that, using appropriate reaction conditions, the Sonogashira reaction can be performed without the need for copper catalyst and solvent. Our approach involves the use of diatomite-supported palladium(II) salophen complex as a catalyst and triethylamine as a base. The methodology works, to differing extents, for aryl iodides and bromides. This heterogeneous catalyst can be reused at least five times without any decrease in activity. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.