Reporters Without Borders (RSF)

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    Independent newspapers forced to close

    Censorship is ubiquitous in this country of 4 million inhabitants ruled by Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said for the past 49 years. The Internet is the main alternative space where the public can express its views and as a result, citizen-journalists are frequently targeted by the authorities. They are often arrested and sometimes held incommunicado, given long jail sentences on charges of insulting the head of state or the country’s culture and customs, or inciting illegal demonstrations and disruption of public order.