I received an email today from one of my readers asking why I haven’t said anything about the recent decision to sentence Oweidi (already serving jail time)to 2 years in prison for ‘harming the dignity of the state.’ Oweidi, sent an U.S. Senate Majority leader Harry Reid accusing people in the Royal Court of corruption and well, that just doesn’t fly around here. His Abbadi tribe has abandoned him publicly, so his biggest leverage is gone. He will have to rely on being granted a royal pardon, which in itself is an absurd measure.
What do I have to say about it?
Nothing that hasn’t already been said.
Nothing that isn’t obvious to even the smallest observer.
Suffice to say that every time the government jails someone for slandering them for corruption, they merely solidify the perception, both at home and locally, that there is in fact corruption.
As for this being another blow to any signs of media reform. Nothing new here. I am certain despite HMKA’s promises, the government or the security forces will continue to monitor what is said online and we (as writers and citizens with voices) will be held accountable (rather than the other way around).
As for the judicial system. It’s a joke. We have a system that is too afraid and/or backwards to prosecute criminals justly for murdering four of their sisters in one go, but at the same time will try someone in a State Security court for writing an email. In fact, both people will get roughly the same sentence if you think about it. Killing my sister will get me the same amount of jail time as sending an SMS about a royal family member or even a Minister.
Unless of course I’m tried for treason, which isn’t out of the bounds of reality.
Give it a few years.
I’m just tired.
As a citizen, as a writer, as an observer.
I’m just tired.
The fight itself has worn me out and I feel like we never even got off the mat.
The bad news in this country’s seemingly downward spiral, is enough to make you want to sit out the next half century.
Kind of like that stage in a Monopoly game where if you land on a square your doomed to go bankrupt with the rent payments.
The stage where going directly to jail can seem like a blessing