Oman has made headlines recently by fining and imprisoning at least eight writers and bloggers for criticizing the government on the Internet. As many as two dozen other activists were then detained for protesting that crackdown on the freedom of expression.
Join Women Rising host Frances Alonzo as she speaks with one woman who says she was pressured by authorities to turn in her sister for insulting the Sultan of Oman, who has been in power for 42 years – now the longest-serving Arab head of state since Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi’s death last year. She also speaks with Maryam Al-Khawaja, head of the international office for the Gulf Center for Human Rights, and Dina El-Mamoun, a researcher with Amnesty International, about how the Omani government is using it’s cyber law to keep the population in line.
Newscaster/multimedia reporter at the Voice of America in Washington, DC, for the English to Middle East Team and rotating host of Women Rising.