Thursday, August 23, 2007

Gulf web trends

Poor website owners getting jail sentences for no fault of theirs just because someone posted comments on their websites against some government official.
A few recent cases in UAE and Kuwait:

Rights group decries jailing of UAE Web site owner

DUBAI -- An Arab human rights group called Wednesday for the quashing of a one-year jail sentence against a Web site owner in the United Arab Emirates, who was also fined $19,000 on defamation charges.
hearing in the appeal against the sentence handed to Shehhi, who was ordered to pay a fine of 50,000 dirhams ($13,600) and Dh 20,000
in compensation to the official, is scheduled for August 26, the local press reported.

Kuwaiti bloggers tortured by Kuwaiti secret police

Bashar was detained because of a comment written about the Amir of Kuwait, Shaikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, on his website's forum by an annonymous person, it was deleted by Bashar because of its inappropriateness but he was 15 minutes late deleting it, the police held him accountable even after it was deleted. As for Jassim he was released but beaten severely and blind folded and forced to use his fingerprint as signature to a document he couldn't read because of the blindfolds.

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