Bahrain dictatorship attacks British free speech

This says about itself:

A video showing the attrocities of the Saudi troops and those of the Bahraini al-Khalifa dynasty against the peaceful demonstrations of the Bahraini people.

By Jean Shaoul in Britain:

Journalist Robert Fisk faces libel action for pointing out Bahrain-Saudi alliance

27 June 2011

On June 14, Bahrain, the tiny island kingdom in the Persian Gulf off the eastern coast of Saudi Arabia, announced that it is to sue the Independent newspaper for libel over an article written by its veteran Middle East correspondent, Robert Fisk.

Bahrain, ruled by King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, accused the newspaper of deliberately “orchestrating a defamatory and premeditated media campaign” and “failing to abide by professional impartiality and credibility in its one-sided news-coverage and reports”.

Fisk accused Bahrain’s ruling family of starting “an utterly fraudulent trial” of the surgeons, doctors, paramedics and nurses treating those injured four months ago when security forces opened fire on protesters. He said that the Saudis were running the country, writing, “They never received an invitation to send their own soldiers to support the Bahraini ‘security forces’ from the Bahraini Crown Prince, who is a decent man. They simply invaded and received a post-dated invitation.

“The subsequent destruction of ancient Shia mosques in Bahrain was a Saudi project, entirely in line with the kingdom’s Taliban-style hatred of all things Shia. Could the Bahraini prime minister be elected, I asked a member of the royal court last February? ‘The Saudis would not permit this,’ he replied. Of course not. Because they now control Bahrain. Hence the Saudi-style doctors’ trial”.

Fisk concluded, “Bahrain is no longer the kingdom of the Khalifas. It has become a Saudi palatinate, a confederated province of Saudi Arabia, a pocket-size weasel state from which all journalists should in future use the dateline: Manama, Occupied Bahrain”.

The threatened libel suit is a major attack on press freedom. But despite this, there has been an almost complete blackout of the announcement by the rest of the media. The nominally liberal Guardian merely reported the announcement without comment.

The legal action takes advantage of Britain’s notorious libel laws, which provide a powerful weapon for those with unlimited cash to silence their critics. It will, at the very least, tie up the Independent’s resources for months. At worst, it could bankrupt it, forcing its closure, as similar law suits closed ITV’s flagship current affairs programme World in Action more than a decade ago.

Human Rights First report on human rights violations in Bahrain: here.

Bahrain – investigation into rights abuses a step forward but must lead to justice for victims: here.

Bahrain: Protest in AlDaih attacked with tear gases. Watch video minute3:40 random shoot from riot police: here.

Thousands of protesters in Yemen urge president’s son, aides to leave – People’s Daily Online: here.

As fighting continues in Yemen, with US warplanes and drones striking targets inside the country, Washington is working to form a pliant regime in the country: here.

5 thoughts on “Bahrain dictatorship attacks British free speech

  1. Kingdom pursues medics’ trial

    BAHRAIN: US-backed authorities pressed on with a mass trial today of 28 doctors and nurses charged during the crackdown on civil rights protests in March.

    The medical personnel are accused of joining the protests that began in February and spreading false information, a reference to speaking to foreign journalists.

    Last week several leading opposition activists were sentenced to life in prison by a military court.


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