Cyber-dissident Habib Saleh gets three years in prison

first_img Help by sharing this information News March 12, 2021 Find out more to go further Organisation News SyriaMiddle East – North Africa News August 18, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Cyber-dissident Habib Saleh gets three years in prison Follow the news on Syria ————-Create your blog with Reporters without borders: www.rsfblog.org Reporters Without Borders called today for the immediate release of cyber-dissident Habib Saleh after a court martial sentenced him to three years in prison at the end of a trial without due process in the west-central city of Homs on 16 August. He was arrested in May 2005 in Tartus, 130 km north of Damascus, and accused of spreading mendacious reports.“The Syrian regime is not content to censor the traditional media and block access to opposition websites,” the press freedom organisation said. “It imprisons dissidents as well. It does everything to deny its opponents access to the Internet by monitoring online activity. Saleh’s conviction for the second time is sadly evidence of this.”Saleh wrote regularly for the Lebanese daily An-Nahar (The Day). He participated in chat forums such Al-Rai’s (the Democratic Party of the People in Syria) and wrote articles for websites such as Elaph. He posted open letters to the ruling Baath Party criticising the regime. His posts also described his previous spell in prison.Saleh was previously arrested in 2001 along with nine other so-called “Damascus Spring” activists. This was a period of limited political opening after President Hafez al-Assad died and was succeeded by his son Bashar, when Saleh headed the Tartus Forum for National Democratic Dialogue. Charged with trying to change the constitution by illegal means, inciting sectarian strife and sedition, spreading mendacious reports and trying to discredit the government, he was sentenced to three years in prison in May 2002.Syria is on the list of the world’s 15 leading Internet enemies which Reporters Without Borders compiled last year. Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists News March 8, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law Receive email alerts SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria February 3, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more