Meaning Of Free Speech

The Gulf states are ruled by Sunni monarchs who inhabit countries in which Shiites all too often outnumber their Sunni  rulers. From this  statistic reality has emerged constant conflict over the meaning of “free speech.” Nasser Abdul, a blogger, was arrested and jailed for having insulting expressions on his web site that “underminded national interests and risked severing  Kuwait’s relations with brotherly countries.” Allegedly, he  insulted the rulers of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

On the other hand, a Kuwait court sentenced a Sunni Islamist activist for insulting Shiites on his Twitter account. Perhaps, Kuwait  might attempt anm experiment in which anyone can insult anyone. I wonder if the nation could survive such an event?