12/13/2018

Doha Center for Media Freedom

The daily newspaper Kuwait Times said Mohammad Al-Mulai was sentenced on
April 9 with imprisonment, a KD 50 ne ($179) and ‘temporary compensation’ of
KD 5,001 ($17,913).
“Al-Mulai was accused of broadcasting untrue news on his Twitter blog about
the existence of racial and sectarian division within the Kuwaiti community, and of
accusing some citizens of af liations to foreign countries. Al-Mulai was found
guilty of undermining the Shiite doctrine and insulting Shiite scholars,” the report
said.
Before being sentenced, Mulai reportedly apologised to Shiites if they felt
offended.
The Kuwaiti government has prosecuted others for online remarks deemed
offensive or divisive to the country. Another Kuwaiti man has been charged with
defaming Islam on Twitter, which he denies doing, and is facing calls for his
execution, Reuters recently reported. Two others were jailed for three months each
for “sectarian remarks” on Twitter, the Daily Star in Lebanon wrote.
In its latest rankings, Reporters Without Borders placed Kuwait at 78 out of 179 in
terms of press freedom.
“There are effectively some “red lines” that the emirate’s journalists cannot cross,”
the organisation says on its website. “The person of the head of state and
members of the royal family or people holding key posts all remain sensitive
subjects that are not raised.”
Source: Reports

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