A protester checks his Twitter feed during a sit-in protest in front of the Justice Palace in Kuwait City

Two years after the start of the Arab Spring, the political battle in Kuwait is growing increasingly more tense over Twitter. At the current rate, Kuwait will soon be able to compete with neighboring Bahrain in the number of prosecutions brought against Twitter users. Within weeks of the February 2011 uprising, Bahrain had arrested large numbers of people using Twitter and Facebook to spread their messages. Meanwhile, Kuwaiti authorities also apparently decided to intimidate their critics and others through the arrest and trolling of influential Twitter users. In addition, tens of protesters have been arrested during the opposition’s dignity marches and in demonstrations by the country’s stateless community. The government, it seems, is no longer interested in defending Kuwait’s reputation as the ‘most democratic’ state in the Gulf.

Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2013/01/kuwait-war-twitter.html#ixzz2JIez5EEk

 

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