Bahrain crackdown on journalists

This video from Bahrain says about itself:

21 February 2011

Michael Slackman reports from Manama moments after an attack on protesters by security forces, and is fired upon by a government forces helicopter.

From the Voice of America:

October 11, 2011

Bahrain Fines Newspaper Staff For False Reports

A court in Bahrain has fined the chief editor of one of the kingdom’s leading independent newspapers and three of his colleagues for publishing false reports about abuses during a crackdown on Shi’ite-led protests earlier this year.

The court on Tuesday found the four from Al Wasat newspaper guilty of disseminating misleading news and fined them about $2,650 each.

Editor-in-chief Mansoor al-Jamri had admitted to mistakenly publishing false information, but said plotters in Saudi Arabia had deliberately deceived his newspaper by providing the fake information.

The journalists’ trial is part of the Bahraini government’s broad crackdown on perceived dissent. Rights groups say hundreds of people are on trial in what they call a revenge move by the kingdom’s Sunni rulers, who put down anti-government protests led by the country’s Shi’ite majority.

The trial for the journalists was one of only a few cases placed before a civilian court instead of a special military tribunal.

Bahrain Journalists Association (BJA) on Tuesday condemned a dawn attack on a Bahraini journalist and called for his protection: here.

ANHRI condemns the sentence issued by the Supreme Criminal Court, fining Mansour Al-Jamry, editor-in-chief of the Bahraini newspaper of Al-Wasat, and three of his colleague 1000 Bahraini Dinars for “publishing news that defame the image of Bahrain abroad” during the protests of last February: here.

Bahrain Cracks Down on Student Protesters With Harsh Sentences – Higher Education Chronicle: here.

U.S. Arms Bahrain While Decrying Russian Weapons in Syria: here.

3 thoughts on “Bahrain crackdown on journalists

  1. Bahrain opposition demands elected govt

    (AFP) – 3 hours ago

    DUBAI — Bahraini opposition groups called in a new declaration on Wednesday for an elected government and for ending discrimination against the Shiite majority in order to break the political stalemate.

    In “The Manama Paper”, a document described as Bahrain’s “path to freedom and democracy,” the five groups, including the largest Shiite formation Al-Wefaq, called for restructuring the political system while “preserving the monarchy.”

    “The reality is that Bahrain resembles any non-democratic country; it is a copy of (ousted) Zine El Abidine (bin Ali’s) Tunisia, (deposed Hosni) Mubarak’s Egypt, or (embattled President) Ali Abdullah Saleh’s Yemen,” said the document, presented at a press conference.

    Nearly seven months after a deadly crackdown on a month-long pro-democracy protest, the groups repeated their demand for “an elected government” in the tiny island nation that is ruled by the Al-Khalifa Sunni dynasty.

    King Hamad’s uncle, Prince Khalifa bin Salman, who is widely despised among the Shiites, has been prime minister for 40 years.

    The list of demands also includes “a fair electoral system,” redrawing constituencies to guarantee better representation and “a legislative authority with a single chamber that would have exclusive legislative, regulatory, financial and political authorities.”

    In addition to the elected chamber, the current parliament also has the all-appointed Shura Council, which can override legislation from the lower chamber.

    A chief complaint of the opposition is the naturalisation of foreigners “on political grounds,” suspected as being an attempt to change the demographic balance in favour of the Sunnis.

    The document demanded an end to this policy as well as reversing “all kinds of tribal, sectarian and political discrimination.”

    It also called for a international guarantees for a “genuine dialogue” after the opposition pulled out in July of a high-profile national dialogue called for by King Hamad to discuss reforms in the kingdom.

    “We call upon the international community to support the reformists within the government and the removal of the extremists from the political scene through political means,” the statement added.


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