Comment
0
Tweet
0
Print
RSS Feeds

Kuwait court keeps jail time for Twitter insult

Monday - 4/29/2013, 8:08am  ET

KUWAIT CITY (AP) -- A Kuwait appeals court says an online activist must serve a jail sentence for Twitter posts deemed offensive to the Gulf nation's ruler, but the prison term was reduced from two years to one.

Monday's decision sends a message that Kuwaiti authorities are holding firm to their crackdown on social media despite having put on hold proposals for tougher media codes, which could have imposed fines of nearly $1 million for insulting the Western-backed emir.

Since last year, officials have stepped up arrests for perceived dissent on blogs and Twitter.

Kuwaiti media says the appeals court cut in half the two-year sentence given in March to Sager al-Hashash for Twitter posts.

Kuwait has the Gulf's most free-wheeling political system and a vibrant press, but denouncing the emir is illegal.


Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.