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Saudi Court Orders Lashes for Man for Posting Insults on Twitter

A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a man to three months in jail, 800 lashes and slapped him with a $2,666 fine for using Twitter and Facebook to falsely accuse a Kuwaiti singer from the United Arab Emirates of immoral behavior. He also posted photos of the singer.

Arab News reported, “Many have welcomed the ruling, saying it protects Internet users from online predators,” and it quoted expatriates as saying court decision will make them more cautious when using social networking.

“It is advisable for us not to post any negative comments on issues that are not clear to us. Let us establish the authenticity of the information that has reached us before sharing it,” Rasol Abbas, a community leader from the Philippines, was quoted as saying.

Arab News, which is based in Saudi Arabia, also cited an expert to tell its readers that “new research that reveals how social media sites negatively affect our sense of connection, decrease productivity, breach our privacy and lead to cyber-bullying in some instances.”

It also quoted Twitter account Judicious Arab as stating, “I hope this will put an end to irresponsible tweets and posts accusing women of adultery over differences of opinions.”

It is no wonder that a recent Pew poll showed that of all allies to the United States, American have the lest favorable view of Saudi Arabia.

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3 Responses to “Saudi Court Orders Lashes for Man for Posting Insults on Twitter”

  1. The punishment seems a bit harsh, but gossip and slander should not be supported by anybody, especially when accusing a woman of adultery could lead to her being stoned to death. The problem is that this anti-slander ruling won't be enforced equally, but it's a surprising that they'd take the side of a female singer. This could be progress.

  2. The punishment seems a bit harsh, but gossip and slander should not be supported by anybody, especially when accusing a woman of adultery could lead to her being stoned to death. The problem is that this anti-slander ruling won't be enforced equally, but it's a surprising that they'd take the side of a female singer. This could be progress.

  3. Yechiel Baum says:

    and no one says anything against abuse of power and democracy

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