Independent newspapers forced to close
Censorship is ubiquitous in this country of 4 million inhabitants ruled by Sultan Qabus Ibn Said Al Said for the past 45 years. The Internet is the main alternative space where the public can express its views and, as a result, citizen journalists are frequently targeted by the authorities. They are often arrested and sometimes held incommunicado. They are often given long jail sentences on charges of insulting the head of state or the country’s culture and customs, or inciting illegal demonstrations and disruption of public order. Independent media outlets are also targeted whenever they raise sensitive issues such as corruption within the judicial system. In 2016, two independent and outspoken newspapers, Azamn and Al-Balad, and the online magazine Al-Mowaten, were forced to close or had to suspend operations as a result of political pressure.
125 in 2016
40.43 in 2016