30 thoughts on “UAE censorship of criticism of Bahrain dictatorship

  1. Dubai Officials Block Bahrain-Based AP Journalist

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates February 25, 2013 (AP)

    A Bahrain-based journalist for The Associated Press has been blocked from entry into the United Arab Emirates under apparent new restrictions by Gulf Arab states.

    Reem Khalifa and her husband, Mansoor al-Jamri, chief editor for Bahrain’s independent Al Wasat newspaper, were told Monday at Dubai International Airport that they were [on] a list to deny entry. No further explanations were immediately given, but it appears part of tighter coordination between Gulf allies to control and monitor journalists, activists and others in the region.

    Khalifa and her husband, on a private visit to Dubai, closely cover Bahrain’s 2-year-old uprising between majority Shiites and the kingdom’s Sunni rulers, who are closely backed by other Gulf leaders.

    A senior UAE official said airport immigration issues fall under Dubai police, which had no immediate comment.

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  2. UAE man jailed 10 months for tweeting on father’s trial

    Reuters – 2 hrs 42 mins ago

    DUBAI (Reuters) – A court in the United Arab Emirates sentenced a man to 10 months in jail on Monday after he tweeted details of the trial of his father and 93 other people accused of plotting to seize power in the Gulf Arab state, an Emirati activist said.

    Human Rights Watch (HRW) said last week that Abdulla al-Hadidi was arrested on March 21 on charges of publishing “in bad faith” false details of a public trial session on the Internet.

    The day before the arrest, officials from the Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi had informed Hadidi and several other relatives of the defendants family members would no longer be allowed to attend the trial, HRW said.

    Rights groups urged UAE authorities to grant full public access to the trial. A source close to the UAE government has said the trial was taking place in a “very transparent manner”.

    UAE newspapers have said the defendants belong to al-Islah, a local Islamist group which says it wants peaceful reform.

    Emirati activist Ahmed Mansoor said the Abu Dhabi court found Hadidi guilty of publishing on Twitter “with bad intent” what happened at the hearing. But the court acquitted him of using force and violence with public officials during the trial.

    Mansoor, who said he had spoken to one of the lawyers involved in the case, told Reuters Hadidi’s attorney would appeal the sentence.

    A source close to the UAE government said it “is not our practice to comment on court deliberations and rulings”.

    The state news agency WAM in January quoted the attorney general, Salem Saeed Kubaish, as saying that members of the group had sought to penetrate institutions of the state, including schools, universities and ministries.

    The defendants are accused of “belonging to an illegal, secret organization … that aims to counter the foundations of this state in order to seize power and of contacting foreign entities and groups to implement this plan,” WAM said.

    (Writing by Yara Bayoumy; Editing by Sami Aboudi and Robin Pomeroy)

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