Syria sentences poet to four years in jail for spreading false information

A human rights groups says that Syria's State Security Court has sentenced a Syrian poet and writer to four years in jail on charges of releasing false information. The National Organization for Human Rights in Syria, or NOHR, says in a statement that the verdict was issued against Firas Saad for "disseminating false information that could weaken the nation's morale." The NOHR maintains that the verdict is related to Saad's articles published in Arab newspapers criticizing Syria's stance on the 2006 war between Israel and the Lebanese Syrian-backed Hezbollah militant group. Other articles by him criticized Syrian foreign policy.