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August 22, 2014

Kuwait: Telecom law violates free speech

Kuwait’s new telecommunications law gives the government sweeping powers to block content, deny access to the Internet, and revoke licenses without giving reasons. The government should amend the law to limit the restrictions on telecommunication providers and users to no more than what international human rights law permits. Communication law 37/2014, adopted on May 18, 2014, establishes a Commission for Mass Communications and Information Technology (CMCIT), as an independent body under the... MORE
December 14, 2010

Press freedom groups decry Kuwaiti move to shut down Al-Jazeera

Press freedom groups have condemned the government’s closure of the Kuwait City bureau of the Doha-based satellite TV station Al-Jazeera for covering police use of force to disperse an unauthorised demonstration at Soulaibikhat, 10 km from the city centre, on December 8. “This closure violates the legal procedures and regulations in force in Kuwait,” Paris-based press Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) said. “We urge the authorities to reissue Al Jazeera’s journalists with accreditation so that... MORE
December 14, 2010

Kuwait shuts down offices of Al-Jazeera over coverage of police crackdown on Opposition

Kuwaiti authorities shut down the local offices of the Al-Jazeera TV network and withdrew its accreditation Monday after it covered a violent police crackdown on a meeting of Opposition lawmakers in the oil-rich Gulf country, the Associated Press has reported. Al-Jazeera denied the charge of meddling in Kuwaiti affairs, saying it was just doing its job. "Al-Jazeera, which has adhered in its coverage of Kuwaiti affairs to hosting all parties, condemns considering its professional coverage an... MORE
November 23, 2010

Kuwait journalist gets year in jail; faces over a dozen cases

A one-year prison sentence was imposed on Mohammed Abdulqader al-Jassem, a Kuwaiti writer and journalist, on Monday. A criminal court convicted al-Jassem of criminal defamation in connection with an article he published on his personal news blog, Al-Mizan. The case is only one of 18 that the government has filed against the journalist in the past year, the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has reported. The court decision was effective immediately, his daughter, Sumayah al-... MORE
October 19, 2010

TV station owner in Kuwait facing possible life sentence or death penalty also exposed to mob violence

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has condemned an armed attack on Kuwait City-based Scope TV, which was overrun by about 150 people brandishing knives and pistols on October 17. Some 10 people were injured in the course of the violence, the privately-owned satellite TV station’s executive director told the news agency Reuters. Employees said the assailants were looking for owner Fajr Al-Saeed and her brother, executive director Mohammed Talal Al-Saeed, who have... MORE
July 30, 2010

After attempts to silence Kuwaiti journalists, PM files libel case against Egyptian editor

Kuwaiti Prime Minister Nasser AlAhmad AlSabah has filed a complaint against Ibrahim Eissa, editor of Egyptian daily Al-Dustour and Kuwaiti journalist Mohammed Alweshaihi accusing them of insult and libel. Lately, Al-Dustour had reported on the trials of Kuwaiti journalist Mohamed AlJassim, and slammed the Kuwaiti PM for being behind them, the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) has said. In May–June 2010, Eissa published a series of articles on that issue as well as an article... MORE
July 14, 2010

Kuwait: Court quashes Al-Jassem defamation conviction

A Kuwait City appeal court on Monday overturned Kuwaiti writer and journalist Mohamed Abdel Qader Al-Jassem’s conviction on a charge of defaming Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Sabah, according to Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). Monday's ruling overturned Al-Jassem’s conviction on April 1 for criticising government policy and calling for the prime minister’s resignation. Convicted in other case of defamation and “attacking the interests of the emir and national interests,” Al-Jassem was... MORE
June 28, 2010

Kuwait urged to drop charges against al-Jassem

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has urged Kuwaiti authorities to drop all charges against journalist Mohammed Abdulqader al-Jassem, who was released on bail Monday. CPJ is also alarmed by local news reports that the Ministry of Information will prosecute Al-Jazeera’s office in Kuwait for violating a ban on local coverage of al-Jassem’s case after the station broadcast a protest organized by a parliamentarian in solidarity with the journalist. Al-Jassem was arrested on May 11 and... MORE
May 19, 2010

Critical Kuwaiti journalist ordered detained for 21 days

Kuwaiti authorities have detained freelance opposition journalist Mohammed Abdulqader al-Jassem since Sunday on charges of “instigating to overthrow the regime,” “slight to the personage of the emir” and “instigating to dismantle the foundations of Kuwaiti society,” the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has reported. Al-Jassem is facing multiple charges in five other complaints and was sentenced to jail in another case in April. Security officers began questioning al-Jassem on May 11 about... MORE
May 10, 2010

Kuwait: Media forbidden to cover dismantling of Iranian spy ring

The prosecutor-general in Kuwait has forbidden the Kuwaiti media to publish any more reports about the dismantling of an Iranian spy network, according to Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). The disbanding of the network, allegedly consisting of six Kuwaitis, two stateless Arabs employed by the army and various Arab citizens, was revealed by a media report on May 1. The spy ring dismantled by the Kuwaiti security services was reportedly gathering information about Kuwaiti and US military bases for... MORE