"> Name: Kowetiennes writer, Laila al-Othman, convicted of using indecent language and defamatory expressions in novel.

Date:  1976 - 1984 , 1995 - 2005

Location:  Middle East and Caucasus

SubjectLanguage , Political/Economic/Social Opinion , Sexual/Gender Orientation


Artist: Laila al-Othman

Confronting Bodies: Islamist group in Kuwait

Date of Action: 1978 to 1984, and 2000

Specific Location: Lebanon, Kuwait

Description of Artwork: Laila al-Othman’s book “The Departure” in which she uses words such as "lustful" in describing the relationship between one sea wave and another. According to al-Othman, she had not intended this language to have a sexual connotation.

Description of Incident: In 2000, “The Departure”, which reportedly had been approved by the Kuwait government censors in 1984, came back under fire. An Islamist group brought a lawsuit against Laila al-Othman for using defamatory expressions and indecent language in her book.

Results of Incident: In 2000, Laila al-Othman was convicted of using indecent language and defamatory expressions in “The Departure”. She, along with the professor Alia Shuaib - who was found guilty of publishing opinions that ridicule religion -, were both sentenced to one moth in prison for moral and religious offenses.

Source: http://leb.net/~aljadid/culture/0529staff_01.html ; and, Democracy Frontline at: http://democracyfrontline.org/blog/?p=1597

Submitted By: National Coalition Against Censorship

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