Azamn newspaper closed permanently -Supreme Court

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Oct. 5th, 2017

Muscat (WAF) – The Supreme Court in Oman upheld today the ruling of the appeal court and the court of the first instance to permanently close down Azamn newspaper.

“The Supreme Court decided to close Azman permanently”, Zaher Al Abri one of the three journalists involved with the case posted today on his Twitter account.

In September 2016, a court in Oman sentenced three journalists and closed down Azamn newspaper on charges that included undermining the prestige of the state after reporting on alleged corruption within the judiciary.

Ibrahim al-Mamari, editor-in-chief of the privately owned Azamn newspaper served 6 months after the appeal court reduced the sentence against him. His deputy and managing editor Youssef al-Balushi is finishing his sentence later this month after the appeal court reduced the sentence from three years to one year. The appeal court dropped the charges against the third journalist Zaher Al Abri.