Gulf Business
September 9, 2013

The government of Oman is suing the editor of a weekly tabloid, state news agency ONA said, after suspending it from publication for running a story about gays in the Gulf Arab state.

Homosexuality is punishable by law in a number of majority Muslim countries, including Oman. But activists say it is generally more tolerant than states like Iran, Saudi Arabia and Yemen where those charged with being gay face the death penalty.

TheWeek’s publisher Saleh Zakwani said the Ministry of Information had told him not to publish the Sept. 5 issue, but it was not clear how long the suspension was for.

“No harm was intended by the story,” he told Reuters.