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Stories about Kuwait

4 April 2013

Kuwaiti Twitter User Jailed for Insulting Emir

Insult the Emir on Twitter and go to jail: Hamid Al Khalidi has been sentenced to two years in prison for insulting the Emir of Kuwait on Twitter. His attorneys plan to appeal his case to a higher court next week.

12 April 2012

Kuwait: Tortured for Someone Else's Tweets

Throughout the year of 2011, Kuwait has had many cases of arrests of twitter users. It started with two tweeps getting arrested for insulting a religious sect. Other cases had...

6 February 2012

Kuwait: Ahmad Mansoor, a UAE blogger denied entry

Ahmad Mansoor, UAE's most famous blogger who was detained last year for several months with four other activists for signing an online petition calling for reforms in his country, was...

4 November 2011

Kuwait: More Twitter Users Arrested

2011 has been the year of defeat for online free speech in Kuwait as netizens have never been harassed as often as they have been in the past few months....

28 September 2011

Kuwait: Three Netizens Detained

Kuwait does not have a history of detaining citizens for expressing their views online; the first arrest case in relevance to the internet happened to Bashar Al-Sayegh (@balsayegh) a Kuwaiti...

24 September 2008

Kuwait: YouTube Ban Lifted

News about YouTube being blocked in Kuwait hit the headlines yesterday, with bloggers frustrated over what they described as yet another intrusion on freedom of speech in their country. The ban has since been lifted. Here's a cross-section of reactions from Kuwait.

22 September 2008

Kuwait to block Youtube over anti-Muslim videos

Update: YouTube Ban Lifted. The Kuwait Ministry of Communications has issued an order to local ISPs denying access to Youtube due to video content considered offensive to Muslims and Islam.

30 July 2008

No to Kuwait's New Internet Law

Kuwaiti bloggers are angry at a proposed new Internet Law, which they claim would make their days as free bloggers numbered, after Attorney General Hamad Al Othman announced that a new law dealing with Internet crimes will be issued soon. Abdullatif Al Omar takes a closer look at the Kuwaiti blogosphere and their reactions to the impending law.

21 August 2007

Kuwaiti blogger Bashar Al-Sayegh released!

It has been reported that Bashar Al-Sayegh, the Kuwaiti blogger who has been arrested earlier this week for comment posted by an anonymous on his forum, has been released.