Say no to sedition and inflammatory insinuation
Wed, 20 June 2012
OUTLOOK — By Mohammed Al Hadhrami — Most of what is written by bloggers is contrary to the Omani morals which are known for the spirit of tolerance and noble values. Some of these are irresponsible writings stemming from personal interests; others invite sedition and ignite unrest among the people. There are libelous writings that aim at damaging the reputation of the symbols of the nation by spreading rumours and falsehood about them. Being as such the likes of these blogs can trigger turmoil and harm the security of a nation known for peace.
Today’s world is teeming with terror and violence and many countries are suffering from insecurity and bloodletting caused by their own citizens. Political struggle in these countries has fuelled social instability and damaged the economy which caused countless troubles not the least of which is the degradation of education and health conditions of the citizens. Innocent people are being killed in cold blood and the citizens have lost dignity.
No-one wants to see this happening in Oman and that is why we call upon those bloggers not to tamper with our national security and not to spoil the excellent reputation of this nation. The values of peaceful co-existence are deeply-ingrained in the Omani culture and no one has the right to act in a way that could tamper with the national security. Please don’t spoil the peaceful atmosphere and don’t damage the excellent reputation which is the most valuable feature of any nation.
Unfortunately, many blogs and sites publish inflammatory insinuation and much nonsense that incite sedition and disseminate falsehoods. With the spread of rumours the truth will disappear like raindrop falling upon a vast arid desert. We are against oppression and political tyranny and we reject arbitrary detention. Similarly we are against the negative writings that spread the insecurity in this peaceful society. Our dreams have always been to enjoy peace, security and stability.
Following the arrest last week of a number of writers and bloggers some sites published the names of those arrested. Some posted opinions slandering the arrested, others defended them as being literati. No one is immune against prosecution if he or she crosses the limits of freedom and insult or defame others, because the dignity of individuals and the values of the society are protected by the law.
Freedom of expression does not mean that writing and publishing becomes open for anyone without rules and principles of control. No one is allowed to write anything irrespective of the consequences which can damage someone’s reputation or harm the nation as a whole. If freedom of expression is taken as something without boundaries and without rules, the social networking sites will become unbridled news agencies that are not subject to control.
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