Tuesday, October 30, 2012

News at Eleven: Mohammed al-Ajami--also known as

Mohammed Ibn al-Dheeb--was arrested on 16 November 2011 in the capital Doha, and later reportedly charged with "inciting to overthrow the ruling system" and "insulting the Amir".

The prosecution's case against him is reportedly based on a poem he wrote in 2010 criticizing Qatar's Amir, but Gulf activists have alleged the real reason for his arrest was his "Jasmine Poem", written in 2011 in the context of unrest across the Middle East and North Africa.

from Amnesty International: Qatar: Detained 'Jasmine uprising' poet being tried in secret
then AFP: Qatar poet faces secret trial for 'insult': watchdogs
then Human Rights Watch: Qatar: Revise Draft Media Law to Allow Criticism of Rulers


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