Kuwait emir's ban on media, public discussion of coup plot continues

Published April 13th, 2014 - 06:55 GMT

Kuwait has imposed a news blackout on reports related to a recording that suggests there is a plot to overthrow the ruling government, according to Reuters. 

Kuwait's state news agency KUNA reported that the country's leadership issued a statement this week calling on the public and local media to "stop discussing the case in order to preserve national unity."

The statement from emir Shiekh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah's office bans "discussion of the case in any form, including news outlets and social media," on the grounds that discussion of any sort may damage the country's interests. 

The ban comes in response to the Attorney General's office request that the investigation "be made secret" on the grounds that  “the existence of a tape that contains information and statements implicating some people of conspiring to overthrow the ruling system in the country and challenge the rights and authority of his highness the emir,” according to the statement carried by KUNA.

Investigation into the plot began in December, and the public will be allegedly informed on the outcome once the investigation is complete.

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