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Kuwait Sentences Two Men To Jail For Tweets Criticizing Ruler 91

Posted by Soulskill
from the sticks-and-stones dept.
New submitter Oxide writes "A Kuwaiti court sentenced a man to two years in prison on Monday for insulting the country's ruler on Twitter, his lawyer said, the second person to be jailed for the offense in as many days. The Gulf state has clamped down in recent months on political activists who have been using social media websites to criticize the government and the ruling family. What's interesting is that the tweets in question did not mention the ruler directly but just indicated it might be him it is referring to."
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Kuwait Sentences Two Men To Jail For Tweets Criticizing Ruler

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  • Re:Kuwait? (Score:4, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 09, 2013 @08:53AM (#42530715)
  • Re:Kuwait? (Score:4, Informative)

    by dkleinsc (563838) on Wednesday January 09, 2013 @12:07PM (#42532899) Homepage

    Coverage on the English Al-Jazeerah is of no value. They usually just follow / copy other English media.

    Right, that's why they report stories that a lot of the American media won't even touch, and report the same story from a different perspective. That's why they've won the Columbia Journalism Award [columbia.edu].

    Some examples of what you're missing if you ignore them:
    - They covered the Egyptian revolution very very different viewpoint from, say, the New York Times. If you read only American press, you'd think that Mohammed Morsi was a dictator. If you read or watch Al-Jazeera English, you'd know that he was the duly elected winner of a hotly contested election.
    - They exposed the details of a negotiation session between Israel and Fatah over who was going to own what in the West Bank, including actual video. The editorial aftermath was highly critical of both sides.
    - They've reported on the effects of US drone strikes beyond the typical "US officials say that 15 militants were killed in a drone strike in Pakistan today."

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