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  1. ’Offensive’ Tweets in Gulf States Could Lead to Prison Time

    Twitter users in the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait have been sentenced for posting messages considered to be “offensive” or “against state security.” A Kuwaiti man was recently sentenced to five years in prison for a tweet that authorities said insulted the Prophet Muhammad. Meanwhile, a court in the UAE has condemned another Twitter user to two years in jail for a post that “violated state security” by mentioning the trial of 94 men accused of links to an armed group. These are just the latest examples of a social media crackdown spreading across the region. In Saudi Arabia, three lawyers are also facing trial over posts allegedly criticizing authorities.

    Sources: Al Jazeera, Washington Post

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