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Sunday 20 April 2014

Twitter activist jailed in Kuwait

A 26-year-old man has been given a two-year prison sentence in Kuwait for a Twitter post deemed insulting to the Gulf nation's ruler

A social media activist in Kuwait has been sentenced to two years in prison for a Twitter post deemed insulting to the Gulf nation's ruler, according to reports.

Authorities across the Western-allied Gulf Arab states have sharply increased crackdowns on perceived dissent among bloggers and others using social media.

The sentence passed in Kuwait is not the harshest in region, but is likely to bring further denunciations from international rights groups.

Several websites, including the pro-government Al-Watan newspaper, reported the sentence against 26-year-old Rashed al-Enezi, who was accused of insulting Kuwait's emir in a Twitter post.

In November, a poet in Qatar was sentenced to life in prison for an Arab Spring-inspired verse that officials claim insulted Qatar's emir and encouraged the overthrow of the nation's ruling system. He is appealing.

Press Association

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