#AceWorldNews – KUWAIT – April 11 – Kuwait has imposed a news blackout on a probe into reports of a recording in an alleged plot to overthrow the Gulf state’s ruling system, Reuters said.
A case was opened in December after a legal complaint which demanded an investigation into tweets about the alleged recording. The Attorney General ordered that the investigation be made secret and banned publishing any information on “the existence of a tape,” according to KUNA news agency.
All forms of communication were banned from discussing the case because rumours “were damaging to the country’s interests.”
Arabian Business – reported that the topic has featured extensively in local media and prompted a rare statement from the ruler’s office this week, which told people to stop discussing the case in order to preserve national unity.
A major OPEC oil producer and US ally, Kuwait has a lively press and the most open political system in the Gulf Arab region, thanks to its elected parliament. The 50-member assembly can question government ministers and block legislation, while the emir has final say in state affairs.
The Attorney General ordered that the investigation be made secret and banned publishing any information on “the existence of a tape that contains information and statements implicating some people of conspiring to overthrow the ruling system in the country and challenge the rights and authority of his highness the emir,” according to the statement carried by KUNA.
The statement, published late on Thursday, said all forms of communication were banned from discussing the case, including news outlets and social media. Such rumours were damaging to the country’s interests, it said.
It said the prosecutor would inform media about the results of the case once the investigation was over. It came one day after the statement from the emir’s office.http://www.arabianbusiness.com/kuwait-orders-blackout-in-court-case-over-plot-tape-546135.html
RT – KUNA – ARAB BUSINESS