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Annual Prison Census 2013 - Kuwait

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date 18 December 2013
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Journalists in prison as of December 1, 2013

Kuwait: 1

Abdul Aziz al-Baz, freelance
Imprisoned: December 31, 2012

A Kuwaiti court on February 7, 2013, sentenced al-Baz, an Egyptian blogger who lives in Kuwait, to a year in prison, deportation, and a fine of about US$200 on charges of insulting Islam in connection with his blog posts on secularism, the blogger's lawyer told CPJ.

Al-Baz's personal blog featured several entries that criticized the mixing of politics with religion and included critical posts on strict interpretations of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. The blog was no longer available in late 2013.

In its statement announcing the official charges against the blogger, the Kuwaiti Ministry of Interior highlighted one of al-Baz's posts that discussed a story by Egyptian novelist Alaa al-Aswany about patients being refused health care during prayer time.

It is not clear whether Egyptian authorities have sought al-Baz's release.

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