Monday, April 29, 2013
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.