freedom of speech

Bahrain Wields Travel Curbs in Crackdown on Opponents: Activists

By Sami Aboudi DUBAI, July 14 – After a border official stopped him leaving Bahrain last week, citing a security order, Mohammed al-Tajer said he checked with the departments in charge of passports and investigations and was told no travel ban was in place. The 50-year-old lawyer, who had been planning a short visit to

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Kuwait Arrests U.K.-Based National For Sarcastic Online Postings

April 1- Kuwait‘s Interior Ministry has arrested a Kuwaiti man who had lived in Britain and charged him with publishing “offensive videos and sarcastic comments” about Gulf leaders on social media, the state news agency KUNA said on Thursday. KUNA, quoting an Interior Ministry statement, said Salem Abdullah Ashtil Dossari had failed to respect Kuwait‘s customs and traditions

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Bahrain Opposition Leader Jailed for Insulting Ruling System

DUBAI, Feb 24 – A prominent Bahraini opposition figure was sentenced to a year in jail on Wednesday on charges of insulting the kingdom’s ruling system in a speech last year, his defence lawyer said. But the court cleared Ibrahim Sharif, former head of the secular National Democratic Action Society, or Waad, of the more

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Egypt Jails Author For Two Years Over Sexually Explicit Novel

CAIRO, Feb 21 – An Egyptian court has sentenced an author to two years in jail for public indecency after excerpts of his sexually explicit novel were published in a literary newspaper. A chapter from Ahmed Naji’s novel Istikhdam Al Hayat, or Using Life, was serialized in a state-owned literary newspaper and a case was

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In The Eye Of The Storm

BY Safa Joudeh Over the past month, two separate attacks on on scores of tourists have taken place on Egyptian soil. The tragedies should have kicked off some serious soul-searching, and counter-terrorism tactics ought to have come under scrutiny. But the unexpected has happened. An accidental military airstrike on a convoy of Mexican tourists, and

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