Qatar: Poet’s 15 year prison sentence upheld

7 November 2013

Qatar’s Supreme Court last month upheld a 15-year prison sentence handed to poet Mohammed Al-Ajami for reciting a poem in support of the Arab uprisings on Youtube. The was reported by The Art Newspaper on 7 November 2013. Al-Ajami, 37, a married father of four children, was a third-year literature …

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Qatar: Poet’s life sentence reduced

27 February 2013

On 25 February 2013, poet Mohammed Ibn al-Dheeb al-Ajami’s life sentence for a critical poem was reduced to 15 years. A final ruling by the Supreme Court is expected within 30 days, reported PEN International. The Writers in Prison Committee of PEN International considers Al-Ajami to be convicted in violation …

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Qatar: Poet Al-Ajami sentenced to life in prison

7 December 2012

A Qatari court’s life sentence for the poet Muhammad Ibn al-Dheeb Al-Ajami after a grossly unfair trial on 29 November 2012 “flagrantly violates the right to free expression”, Human Rights Watch said on 4 December 2012. AMY GOODMAN, journalist, Democracy Now: “So, if someone read Mohammad’s poem today in Qatar …

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Audience of Doha Debates rejected censorship of the arts

23 May 2012

The question of censorship and its impact on the arts was raised at the Doha Debates, broadcasted live on BBC World News, where 58 per cent of the audience carried the motion “This House believes that censorship makes a mockery of the arts.” State censorship of the arts is still …

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