Oman paper shut for month over corruption series

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Posted: Sep 21, 2011 7:34 AM
Oman paper shut for month over corruption series

A court in Oman has ordered the one-month long closure of a prominent newspaper and sentenced two of its editors to jail after the country's justice minister accused them of slander.

The case has stirred complaints about media clampdowns in the Gulf-Arab nation, which faced small, but significant pro-reform protests earlier this year.

The court Wednesday ordered the temporary closure of Azzaman newspaper after its editors published a series of articles alleging corruption inside the Justice Ministry. Editor Ibrahim al-Maamary and managing editor Yussuf al-Haj were each sentenced to five months in prison.

They were accused of "insulting" Justice Minister Mohamed al-Hanai in the articles, which cited claims of embezzlement, graft and other abuses within the ministry.