OmanSeptember 2012 | Risk Summary
More than 25 Omani citizens have been handed prison terms on lèse-majesté and cyber-crime charges since July, in a widening crackdown on dissent. In the latest such case on September 16, a journalist for the daily al-Zaman newspaper was sentenced to one year in prison and a fine of OMR1000 (USD$2600) for "violating information technology regulations” and “abusive and provocative writings cases”. Oman’s public prosecutor has pledged to prosecute such statements under its information technology law, while the Telecom Regulatory Authority has this month formulated a set of draft regulations to strengthen monitoring measures of online content in Oman and keep a closer check on activities deemed illegal.
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