Beefed-up legislative arsenal gags dissent
The vaguely-worded provisions of a cyber-crime law that took effect in January 2016 pose a threat to bloggers and online journalists who post any critical content. A new electronic media law adopted the same month forces them to apply to the government for a license. The UN Human Rights Council already voiced concern in 2015 about “excessive restrictions on freedom of expression contained in the Press and Publication Law and related legislation.” The restrictions are reflected in online censorship and in arrests and convictions of bloggers and online activists who are accused of destabilizing the countries if they make any disparaging comment about the Emir, Sheikh Sabah IV, his family or its allies. Al Watan TV’s closure in January for “anti-government” comments sent a very clear signal to Kuwait’s dissidents.
103 in 2016
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