Tuesday, January 29, 2013

News at Eleven: [Najeeb al-Nauimi] views the poet [Muhammad ibn al-Dheeb al-Ajami]'s

case as an opportunity to try to roll back some of the hard-line codes on public expression in Qatar as an example to other countries in the region.

"(The emir) can pull the plug on this. I can just pick up the phone. I wouldn't advise that," said al-Nauimi. "I don't want to drop the case. The judiciary system has to correct itself."

"Look," he continued. "They say there is free speech except if it's against the ruler or his family or his relatives or the dignity of the state or the crown prince or his family or the dignity of the crown prince. What's left? A political person can just criticize himself. That's it."

from The Associated Press: Qatar poet appeal becomes test for Web crackdowns
then The Associated Press: Lawyer: Qatar poet appeals life sentence
then BBC News: Sporting events shine spotlight on Qatar's human rights


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