Bahrain dictatorship jails photographer

From the Bahrain Center for Human Rights:

Bahrain: Award Winning Photographer Ahmed Humaidan Kidnapped and Detained

Systematic Crackdown on Freedom of Expression Continues

Ahmed Humaidan

Date: 30th December 2012

The Bahrain Center for Human Rights condemns the continued harassment and arbitrary arrest of journalists in Bahrain. Renowned and award-winning photographer, Ahmed Humaidan, (25 years-old) was kidnapped by 15 security officers, in civilian clothing, and is currently being detained.

On the 29th of December, 2012, at approximately midnight and while Ahmed Humaidan and his friends were entering the city center shopping mall, 15 men in civilian clothing, who are believed to belong to the security forces, surrounded Humaidan and abducted him without declaring the location where they were going, nor identifying themselves. His family sought information about him in different police stations and the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) without receiving any information. After 19 hours without news on his whereabouts, Humaidan called his family for 20 seconds to inform them that he is alive, and that he is at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) being interrogated without the presence of his lawyer.

Badges and medals won by Ahmed Humaidan for his photojournalism

Photo: Badges and medals won by Ahmed Humaidan for his photojournalism. Through his photos, Ahmed has documented many moments in the daily protests (See his instagram page for example: and

Photographic Society of America

Ahmed Humaidan is a member of the FIAP “Fédération Internationale de l’Art Photographique” and the PSA “Photographic Society of America”.

He won 143 international awards in photographic competitions and he is considered the 2nd highest ranked Arab photographer in winning photography contest, among his awards are:

– Gold Medal in FKNS Grand Prix 2012 – Serbia.
– Gold Medal from FIAP for Hungarian Circuit 2012.
– Honorary Badge from for PSA International Exhibition (Photojournalism Prints) – 2012

The Bahrain Center for Human Rights believes that the arbitrary arrest of Ahmed Humaidan is solely related to his legitimate work as a photographer and his activity in documenting protests and police attacks, which has led to exposing the severe human rights violations by the authorities in Bahrain.

Photojournalist Mazen Mahdi in an archive photo while targeted by police

Photo: Photojournalist Mazen Mahdi in an archive photo while targeted by police. In a similar situation, on the 28th of December, 2012, DPA photographer and renowned photojournalist Mazen Mahdi was arrested by police while covering a protest.

Mazen tweeted via his account @MazenMahdi:

“ Being Arrested #Bahrain”
and after his release one hour later he tweeted:
“The reason for stopping me was not participating in anything but for taking pictures .. Apparently @moi_bahrain thinks cameras weapons!”

This was the second time Mahdi was arrested in just the month of December, 2012, which the BCHR believes is an attempt to hinder his work and intimidate him.

The authorities in Bahrain have made targeting journalists a common practice since last year.

Today, another photographer, Hasan Matooq is in prison since 2011 is serving a sentence of 3 years that was handed by military court for allegations of faking photos of injuries.(Read more about his case:

BCHR demands that the Bahraini government release photographer Ahmed Humaidan, and other detainees imprisoned for their views, and peaceful work as observers of demonstrations, immediately and unconditionally. We demand the Bahraini government to allow the practice of freedom of expression without being targeted.

Read More:

1. Reporters Without Borders: Despite Government’s Promises, Journalists Continue To Be Harassed And Attacked
2. BCHR : Bahrain: Continued harassment of journalists
3. CPJ: Bahrain arrests critical journalist

20 thoughts on “Bahrain dictatorship jails photographer

  1. Pingback: Bahrain dictatorship, resistance continue | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  2. Pingback: Bahrain dictatorship and British BP oil | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  3. Pingback: Bahraini dictatorship=freedom, Rupert Murdoch says | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  4. Pingback: Bahrain dictatorship’s US weapons against their own people | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  5. Pingback: Bahrain dictatorship on film | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  6. Pingback: Bahrain dictatorship update | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  7. Pingback: Bahraini photographer tortured | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  8. Pingback: Bahrain dictatorship gets more British weapons | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  9. Pingback: Bahraini women protest against jailing doctors | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  10. Pingback: Bahrain dictatorship news | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  11. Pingback: Bahrain dictatorship’s European friends | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  12. Pingback: Bahrain oppression continues | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  13. Pingback: No Valentine’s Day under Bahrain dictatorship | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  14. Pingback: Bahrain dictatorship and Scotland | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  15. Pingback: Bahrain regime persecutes photographers, journalists | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  16. Pingback: Bahraini regime arrests photographer for photography | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  17. Pingback: Bahrain, Formula One racing and human rights violations | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  18. Pingback: Bahraini photographer gets ten years jail for photography | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  19. Pingback: Bahrain dictatorship persecutes photographers for photography | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  20. Pingback: Again, Bahraini photographer arrested for photography | Dear Kitty. Some blog

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.