Omani journalists face jail for corruption article

September 22, 2011 14:23

MUSCAT - Two Omani journalists have appealed against a court decision sentencing them to prison for publishing an article on alleged corruption in the Omani justice ministry, a reporter at their newspaper said on Thursday.

Wednesday's sentencing has angered rights activists against a backdrop of popular revolts against autocracy, graft and misrule around the Arab world that has seen the fall of leaders in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya this year.

Azzaman editor-in-chief Ibrahim al-Mammari and reporter Yousef al-Haj, 37, were sentenced to five months in jail each for insulting the justice minister and his undersecretary by accusing them of deception and fraud in a recent article.

The newspaper also had to suspend publication for a month.

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