Bahrain regime’s Internet censorship

This video about Bahrain is called Zainab Al-Khawaja on Bahrain’s paid Internet trolls.

By Amira Al Hussaini:

New Regulations for Skype and Viber in Bahrain

Posted 25 June 2013 21:28 GMT

“Security considerations” are being cited as reasons behind new regulations which could put an end to the use of popular services such as Skype, WhatsApp, Viber and Tango in Bahrain.

Newspapers quoted Minister of State for Communication Fawaz bin Mohammed Al Khalifa as saying new regulations were being introduced for Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) applications, which have become popular across the Gulf region, with millions of users exchanging news, views, photographs, and trivial jokes daily, as well as making free calls and connecting with friends and family. …

Bahrain seems to be taking the cue from Saudi Arabia, which has already banned the use of Viber in the Kingdom. Saudi Arabia blocked the instant messaging application on June 5, 2013, after it threatened to block encrypted communication software, unless it was allowed to spy on users. Other services the Saudi authorities are threatening to block include Skype and mobile messaging service WhatsApp. …

On March 12, the World Day Against Cyber-Censorship, Reporters Without Borders named Bahrain as one of five state Enemies of the Internet – “spy states that conduct systematic online surveillance that results in serious human rights violations.”

From TradeArabia:

Minister of State for Communications Affairs Shaikh Fawaz bin Mohammed Al Khalifa confirmed the procedures aimed to prevent breaches of the country’s “moral values and traditions” …

But news of the plan caused shockwaves on Bahrain’s social media websites yesterday with many people fearful that it could lead to their private conversations being monitored.

A Bahraini teenager has been given jail time for a tweet. Sara Yasin looks at how the country has pursued users of the popular social networking site: here.

Bahrain: An Oasis for Torture: here.

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  6. With heavy internet censorship in this country, I recommend the use of good vpn service like Astrill. I hope to visit Bahrain in the future and test Astrill there.


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