Month: November 2015

Blogger Arrested in Kuwait for Insulting Prophet Muhammad on Twitter

Sara Al-Drees, a 28-year-old Kuwaiti blogger and teacher, was arrested on dawn of 23 November at Kuwait International Airport upon arrival from overseas. Her arrest followed an arrest warrant issued against her by the public prosecution, after a lawyer had filed a complaint earlier this month claiming that Al-Drees insulted Prophet Muhammad on her Twitter account. Al-Drees, who teaches high-school students about human…

Kuwaiti Blogger Sentenced to 4 Years in Prison for Offending Saudi Arabia on Twitter

Hamid Buyabes, a Kuwaiti journalist and blogger, was sentenced on November 23 to four years in jail with hard labour for insulting Saudi Arabia on his Twitter account. The blogger was accused by the Public Prosecution in Kuwait of “taking a hostile action against Saudi Arabia through the post without seeking official permission from the government”. According to Arab Times, Buyabes’ tweets were found…

Kazakhstan Sentenced Pro-Russian Blogger to 5 Years for Stirring “Separatism” on Social Media

Igor Sychev, a 26-year-old Kazakh blogger, was sentenced on November 18 by the Ridder City Court to 5 years imprisonment over raising the question of whether the eastern Kazakhstan region should secede and join Russia “the way Ukraine’s Crimea did” in an online poll. Sychev was accused of promoting “separatist sentiment”. The poll was published on the popular Russian social networking…