October 16, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Shiite muslim cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr was convicted Wednesday of sedition and other charges in Saudi Arabia's Specialized Criminal Court and sentenced to death, raising fears of unrest from his supporters in neighboring Bahrain. Al-Nimr has been a vocal critic of the majority Sunni government ...[read more]
August 31, 2014
by William Helbling
Lebanon's Minister of Justice on Saturday called for the "sternest punishments" to the individuals in Beirut who burned the flags of the militant groups the Islamic State of Iraq (ISIS) and the Al-Nusra Front. It is reported that Minister Ashraf Rifi issued a highly criticized statement which has ...[read more]
November 19, 2013
by Theresa Donovan
Two citizens from Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) received prison terms on Monday for their Twitter posts, which were deemed to be insulting to Islam or in opposition to state security. Musaab Shamsah, a Kuwait citizen, was sentenced to five years in prison for insulting the Prophet ...[read more]
October 28, 2013
by Max Slater
An appeals court in Kuwait on Monday affirmed a 10-year prison sentence against Hamad al-Naqi, a commentator on Twitter for posts deemed offensive to Islam, according to rights activist Nawaf al-Handel. Al-Naqi was originally sentenced to 10 years in prison in June 2012 for posting insulting and ...[read more]
February 9, 2013
by Max Slater
Egypt's administrative court ordered the country's National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (NTRA) on Friday to block YouTube because it carried the controversial amateur film Innocence of Muslims. The amateur film sparked violent protests in the Middle East last year for portraying the ...[read more]
January 4, 2013
by Arjun Mishra
On January 4, 2011, Salman Taseer, the governor of Pakistani's Punjab Province, was assassinated by one of his own security guards for his opposition to the country's blasphemy laws. Taseer was a prominent opponent of the laws, which were used to execute a Christian woman in 2010 for insulting the ...[read more]
August 13, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
A Bahrain court has sentenced a man to two years of imprisonment for making defamatory comments about a wife of the Prophet Muhammad. The 19-year-old man allegedly posted offensive comments on a website that insulted Muhammad's wife Aisha. The Bahrain Information Affairs Authority (IAA) announced ...[read more]
June 4, 2012
by Sung Un Kim
A Kuwait court on Monday sentenced a man to ten years of imprisonment for posting insulting and defaming comments about the Prophet Muhammad and the Sunni Muslim rulers of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain on Twitter. Judge Hisham Abdullah found 26-year-old Hamad al-Naqi, a Shia Muslim, guilty on all ...[read more]
June 4, 2012
by Sung Un Kim
The Glostrup City Court on Monday sentenced four men to 12 years in prison for their attempt to kill people inside the office of Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten (JP). Mounir Ben Mohamed Dhahri, Munir Awad, Omar Abdalla Aboelazm and Sabhi Ben Mohamed Zalouti, all Swedish residents of African or ...[read more]
February 4, 2012
by Cody Harding
On February 4, 2011, a Danish court sentenced Muhideen Mohammed Geelle to nine years in prison for his 2010 attack on Kurt Westergaard, illustrator of the controversial 2005 cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad as a suicide bomber. Geelle was armed with an axe and knife when he broke into ...[read more]

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