The offender, whose identity has not been released, had been charged with inciting "families of those arrested for security reasons to protest by publishing Tweets and videos on YouTube," justice ministry spokesman, Fahd al-Bakran, was quoted by official news agency, SPA, as saying on Sunday.
In addition to the jail sentence, the court banned the defendant from travelling for eight years and posting on social media.
Last month, Riyadh passed new counter-terrorism legislation that makes it an act of terrorism for any person to disturb public order, or defame the reputation of the state or the king.
A terrorist is defined as individuals who “insult the reputation of the state or its position… inflict damage upon one of its public utilities or its natural resources,” or those who attempt to force “governmental authority to carry out or prevent it from carrying out an action, or to threaten to carry out acts that lead to the named purposes, or incite [these acts].”
The legislation allows the security forces to arrest and detain suspects for up to six months with the possibility of extending incarceration for another six months. Suspects can be held incommunicado for 90 days, without the presence of their lawyer, during the initial questioning.
Saudi Arabia is the country with the highest percentage of active Twitter users among its online population, according to GlobalWebIndex.
Amnesty International has spoken out against the regime’s oppressive practices, releasing a report titled “Saudi Arabia: Unfulfilled Promises” last October.
The report slammed the country for failing to implement any of the main recommendations they accepted under a previous review by the Human Rights Council (UNHRC), which took place in 2009.
Saudi Arabia remains one of the top five executioners in the world. The death penalty is still applied to a wide range of non-lethal crimes such as adultery, armed robbery, apostasy, drug smuggling, kidnapping, rape, “witchcraft,” and “sorcery.” Since 2009, appeals by the growing human rights movement in the country have been met with harsh measures such as arbitrary arrests, detention without charge or trial, unfair trials, and travel bans, Amnesty stated.
The earthquake which struck at 10:18 p.m. PDT Sunday was estimated to have occurred about four miles below the Pacific seabed, according to the US Geological Survey, with one aftershock registering 4.6.
The National Tsunami Warning Center said there was no threat of a tsunami for the region.
Authorities in Humboldt County, which includes most of the populated areas near the epicenter, announced early on Monday, more than four hours after the earthquake struck, that they had received no reports of any damage or injuries.
More than 3,000 people – some across the border in Oregon - reported on the USGS website that they experienced the quake.
"This lasted longer than any earthquake I've ever felt," Raquel Maytorena, 52, who lives in Ferndale near Eureka, told The Los Angeles Times. "It just kept going and going, very slowly and softly. It was not violent. It almost felt like you were in a boat that was rocking."
Maytorena said it felt like it lasted about 20 seconds.
“The animals, they felt it,” she said. “My two horses were running around out by the barn, and my dogs, six dogs, were ready to get out of the house.”
Earthquakes are not an uncommon occurrence in Eureka, a city of about 27,000 people situated approximately 270 miles northwest of San Francisco.
The region experienced a magnitude-5.6 earthquake in February, 2012 that did not cause serious damages or injuries.
Californians, who must share space with the 810 mile (1,300 km) San Andreas fault, the tectonic boundary between the Pacific Plate and the North American Plate, have good reason to be concerned about tremors.
A 2006 study concluded that the San Andreas fault has reached a sufficient stress level for the next "big one", that is, an earthquake of magnitude 7.0 or greater to occur.
In the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, which registered a magnitude of 7.8, at least 3,000 people perished in collapsed buildings and subsequent fires. Over 80 percent of the city was destroyed.
San Francisco's Spoke Art gallery is holding an exhibition of art inspired by film director David Lynch. Titled "In Dreams," the group art show features more than 50 artists including works by Joshua Budich (above), Jason D’Aquino, Kukula, Joel Daniel Phillips, and many more. Below, a glimpse of some of the show that runs until March 29.
Joel Daniel Phillips
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