Kuwait - Alerts

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10 July 2012 |

Journalists, activists arrested during Bidun peaceful demonstration

Several representatives of human rights organisations and some journalists were banned from joining the demonstration, while protesters were attacked with tear gas, and sound and water cannons.
8 June 2012 |

Blogger sentenced to 10 years in prison for criticising neighbouring monarchies

Hamad al-Naqi was sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment for allegedly insulting the prophet Muhammad, the divine being and the rulers of Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.
17 May 2012 |

Blogger sentenced to ten years in prison

Lawrence al-Rashidi was found guilty of "insulting the Prince and his powers in poems uploaded on YouTube."
4 May 2012 |

Television station fined over 1.3 million euros

Scope TV was ordered to pay approximately 1,360,000 euros to the former information minister Sheikh Faisal Al-Malek Al-Sabah, a member of the ruling family, for having broadcast a programme last October that the court deemed offensive to the royal family.
4 May 2012 |

Security forces arrest 16 Bidun protesters

On 1 May, between 200 and 300 Bidun gathered near al-Sha’bi mosque in Taima’a to demand government action on their citizenship claims and resolution of their stateless status only to be met with force and arrests.
24 April 2012 |

Authorities urged to reconsider death penalty amendment

The National Assembly voted in favour of a legal amendment which could make insulting God and the Prophet Mohammed punishable by death.
10 April 2012 |

Writer sentenced to seven years' imprisonment

Mohamed al-Melify was sentenced to seven years' imprisonment and a fine of 18 thousand dollars on charges of spreading false news about about sectarian divisions in the country as well as libeling MP Ahmed Lari.
23 March 2012 |

News website blocked

Kuwait is not the first state that has blocked "al-Watan"'s website: it is blocked within Saudi Arabia and Syria, and was blocked in both Egypt and Tunisia during their revolutions.
15 March 2012 |

Newspaper editor sentenced to six months' imprisonment

This harsh sentence given to Abdul Hussein Al-Sultan could have serious consequences for press freedom in a country which up to now had been a model of freedom of expression in the Persian Gulf region, says RSF.
8 March 2012 |

Art exhibit raided, gallery closed down

Art exhibit raided, gallery closed down Shorouk Amin's exhibit "World of a man" at the al-Mashreq gallery in the city of al-Salhiya was raided two hours after its opening by police forces, who seized all the paintings and closed down the gallery.
6 March 2012 |

Daily suspended for "creating sectarian strife"

Authorities are urged to lift their suspension of "Al-Dar" and drop antistate charges lodged in connection with articles that sought to defend the country's Shiite minority, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.
6 March 2012 |

Writer detained on libel charges

Mohamed al-Melify has been detained on charges of “spreading false news that would divide the society”, “offending the Shiite Twelver doctrine”, and “libeling the MP Ahmed Lari.”
9 February 2012 |

Electoral campaign marred by attacks, prosecutions against media

Three daily papers and a television station are under threat of judicial proceedings launched by the information minister, Sheikh Hamad Jaber Al Ali Al Sabah.
6 February 2012 |

"UAE 5" activist denied entry into Kuwait

Travelling with human rights lawyer Abdel Hameed AlKameety, Ahmed Mansoor was prevented from entering the country "on the instructions of the Emirati security service," and was threatened with detention.
16 January 2012 |

Authorities urged not to deny the Bidun's right to freedom of expression

The Interior Ministry issued a statement on January 11, 2012, saying that it will not allow the Bidun "to organize any rallies, gatherings, sit-ins or demonstrations regardless of their nature, objective and mission."
20 December 2011 |

Bidun residents, media personnel detained following protest

Riot police fired tear gas canisters and used water hoses to disperse hundreds of demonstrators who gathered to demand citizenship rights.
6 December 2011 |

Short story collection banned

"Naked Thoughts" by author Yusuf Khalifa has been banned by the authorities since 2007 for "abusing the ethics of society".
10 November 2011 |

Bloggers investigated for anti-monarchy posts

Hamad Al-Alian and Tarek Al-Materi had been detained earlier this month but were granted temporary release on the occasion of Eid. They have now been charged with "prejudice to the monarchical entity" on Twitter.
13 July 2011 |

Call for release of jailed Internet scribes

State security authorities reportedly arrested Lawrence al-Rashidi after he posted a YouTube video calling for the emir to step down and accusing him of violating Kuwaitis' rights.
15 June 2011 |

Blogger detained for criticising Saudi and Bahraini governments on Twitter

Authorities accused Nasser Abul of insulting allied countries, offending the prince, and exposing national unity to danger.

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