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Kuwait orders 2 newspapers temporarily shut after articles about probe into alleged coup plot

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KUWAIT CITY — Kuwait's state news agency says the government has temporarily suspended the publication of two independent newspapers over articles about a secret probe into allegations of a coup plot to overthrow the Gulf monarchy's government.

KUNA carried a statement Sunday by the Information Ministry saying Al Watan and Alam Al Yawm newspapers had violated a prosecutor-ordered media blackout of the investigation.

The ministry says a judge ordered the newspapers to stop printing for two weeks after they published information about the investigation he said could harm the public's interest.

Deputy editor-in-chief at Al Watan, Waleed Al-Jassim, said his newspaper regrets the government's decision, but plans to contest the ruling. He says the newspaper's website will stay online because it falls under a different jurisdiction.

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