Stories about Kuwait

Digital Citizen 3.9

  5 November 2015

Digital Citizen is a biweekly review of news, policy, and research on human rights and technology in the Arab World.

Digital Citizen 3.5

  24 August 2015

Digital Citizen is a biweekly review of news, policy, and research on human rights and technology in the Arab World.

Digital Citizen 2.9

  18 May 2015

Digital Citizen is a biweekly review of news, policy, and research on human rights and technology in the Arab World.

Anonymous Twitter Account Leads Major Protests in Kuwait

  10 November 2012

Tens of thousands showed up in the areas of Mishref and Sabah Al-Salem protesting the Kuwaiti Amir's amendment of the voting law which allows a citizen to vote for one candidate instead of four. What is interesting though is that an anonymous Twitter account is the one deciding dates of marches and meeting points. Mona Kareem shares Twitter reactions to the march, in addition to photographs and videos.

Kuwait: Three Netizens Sentenced to Prison

  9 June 2012

Since the Arab Spring first sparked, Kuwaiti authorities have been following internet users closely and summoning them to interrogation and then sending them to courts for prosecution over different cases that are mostly sectarian or political.

Kuwait: Tortured for Someone Else's Tweets

  12 April 2012

Throughout the year of 2011, Kuwait has had many cases of arrests of twitter users. It started with two tweeps getting arrested for insulting a religious sect. Other cases had a political nature as those tweeps played a role in protesting the former prime minister who was accused of corruption....

Kuwait: Ahmad Mansoor, a UAE blogger denied entry

  6 February 2012

Ahmad Mansoor, UAE's most famous blogger who was detained last year for several months with four other activists for signing an online petition calling for reforms in his country, was denied entry to Kuwait few days ago. The UAE5 including Mansoor were released with a pardon on the 28th of...

Kuwait: More Twitter Users Arrested

  4 November 2011

2011 has been the year of defeat for online free speech in Kuwait as netizens have never been harassed as often as they have been in the past few months. Since last April, three netizens were arrested and sentenced to jail for expressing their opinions online and the arrests’ wave...

Kuwait: Three Netizens Detained

  28 September 2011

Kuwait does not have a history of detaining citizens for expressing their views online; the first arrest case in relevance to the internet happened to Bashar Al-Sayegh (@balsayegh) a Kuwaiti journalist who was detained by the State Security Police four years ago because of a post written in a forum...

Kuwait: YouTube Ban Lifted

24 September 2008

News about YouTube being blocked in Kuwait hit the headlines yesterday, with bloggers frustrated over what they described as yet another intrusion on freedom of speech in their country. The ban has since been lifted. Here's a cross-section of reactions from Kuwait.

No to Kuwait's New Internet Law

  30 July 2008

Kuwaiti bloggers are angry at a proposed new Internet Law, which they claim would make their days as free bloggers numbered, after Attorney General Hamad Al Othman announced that a new law dealing with Internet crimes will be issued soon. Abdullatif Al Omar takes a closer look at the Kuwaiti blogosphere and their reactions to the impending law.

Kuwaiti blogger Bashar Al-Sayegh released!

21 August 2007

It has been reported that Bashar Al-Sayegh, the Kuwaiti blogger who has been arrested earlier this week for comment posted by an anonymous on his forum, has been released.

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