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Kuwaiti journalist jailed for Twitter `insults`

Last Updated: Monday, January 7, 2013 - 23:04

Kuwait City: A Kuwait newspaper says an online journalist has been sentenced to two years in prison for posts deemed "insulting" to the Gulf nation`s ruler the second such ruling this week.
The decision reflects a widening social media crackdown across the Gulf Arab states to quell perceived political dissent.
Kuwait`s pro-government Al Watan newspaper reported today that Ayyad al-Harbi, a journalist at news website Sabr, was charged with posting Twitter messages considered offensive to the nation`s Western-allied emir. No other details were given.

Kuwait, which hosts thousands of US troops, has been gripped by months of political unrest led by anti-government groups, including Islamist factions.

Yesterday, Kuwaiti media said a social media activist also has received a two-year prison term for Twitter posts that allegedly insulted the emir.


First Published: Monday, January 7, 2013 - 23:04
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