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Kuwait - Courts uphold newspaper's closure, increase blogger's jail term

Reporters without borders
Reporters Without Borders is worried by a wave of harassment of independent news media and bloggers in Kuwait, where courts last week upheld the leading daily Al-Watan's closure and increased a blogger's jail sentence from four to six years. The ministry of trade and industry rescinded Al-Watan's commercial licence in January of saying it had violated minimum capital requirements. Under Kuwaiti law, commercial licences are withdrawn from companies when they sustain losses worth more than 75 (...)

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