Bahrain Internet censorship


This 2013 video is called Anonymous – Operation Bahrain #opBahrain.

From ProXPN:

Bahrain Joins the Fray of Countries Planning to Limit Internet Services

(PRWEB) August 21, 2013. In an article on July 3rd 2013: http://www.ameinfo.com/bahrain-consider-restrictions-internet-telephony-services-347443, Bahraini communications minister is quoted saying that the Kingdom was to study whether to restrict internet based telecom services.

In the report, Sheikh Fawaz bin Mohammed al-Khalifa claimed that the decision to study the VOIP was motivated by a variety of risks posed by the technology.

ProXPN has come out strongly in condemning such suggestions by the Bahraini government and others that may follow suit and has urged these governments to allow their citizenry to exercise their browsing liberties and make their own choices on the variety of internet technology services out there going further to call on users to take advantage of the VPN technology which does not allow any dictations on their browsing activities.

ProXPN offers a private internet subset exclusive to users, which comes at no charge through connecting to the internet via a secure ProXPN VPN where any user can access and enjoy a secure and exclusive, seamless online experience.

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Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/8/prweb11032836.htm.

Press freedom at risk in Bahrain too: here.

Turkish MPs endorse internet control law: here.

US spy chief to speak about internet security at Dutch conference: here.

Britain: David Cameron’s internet porn filter is the start of censorship creep | Laurie Penny: here.

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  1. Bahrain opposition protests continue

    Protest was to take place at US embassy, but tight security measures stopped this

    AFP
    Published: 12:10 August 24, 2013

    Dubai: Opposition protesters took to the streets in Bahrain on Friday chanting anti-government slogans.

    Protesters marched along Budaiya highway, which links predominantly Shiite villages west of the capital, following a call by Bahrain’s main opposition groups.

    Brandishing Bahrain’s red and white flags and posters of detainees. “Our homeland cannot remain a hostage to a small group that controls power and wealth,” said a statement by the opposition led by Al Wefaq, the main Shiite formation.

    “It is the right of the Bahraini people, including all its groups, to have a peaceful rotation of power,” it said, referring to its demand for a real constitutional monarchy with an elected premier.

    http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/bahrain/bahrain-opposition-protests-continue-1.1223452

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  2. Bahrainis march peacefully for reform

    August 23 2013 at 08:25pm

    By Farishta Saeed

    MANAMA – Thousands of Bahrainis were allowed to march peacefully outside Manama calling for democratic reforms on Friday, 10 days after police cracked down on scattered protests organised by an online group inspired by recent demonstrations in Egypt.

    Waving Bahrain’s red and white flag and carrying pictures of political prisoners, the protesters denounced King Hamad bin Issa al-Khalifa and Prime Minister Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa. “Down with Hamad,” they chanted.

    “We are here … because we want freedom. We are used to oppression, and teargas and beatings,” said Hayat al-Abbar, a 38-year-old secretary who joined the march.

    Bahrain, which hosts the US Fifth Fleet, has been buffeted by bouts of unrest since February 2011 when an uprising led by the Shi’ite majority demanded the Sunni al-Khalifa dynasty give up power.

    The authorities crushed the revolt, killing at least 35 people, but small-scale protests and clashes have persisted, putting Bahrain on the front line of a tussle for regional influence between Shi’ite Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia.

    “We seek our freedom and dignity and will never forget those who sacrificed their lives,” Friday’s protesters chanted.

    Police stayed away from the march, which was organised by the country’s main opposition parties and took place west of the capital.

    The Bahrain government in July passed a law banning all protests in the capital Manama. King Hamad also toughened penalties in anti-terrorism laws.

    On Aug. 14, the authorities fired tear gas and birdshot to disperse demonstrators responding to an online call for street action by a new activist group calling itself Tamarrod, according to witnesses.

    The group was inspired by the movement of the same name that helped muster massive protests against Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi before the military removed him on July 3.

    The Bahrain opposition demands a constitutional monarchy with a government chosen from within a democratically-elected parliament. It complains of discrimination against majority Shi’ites in areas such as employment and public services, which the government denies.

    “Where are the jobs? … We will not bow to anyone but god. We are not scared of anyone and I’m ready to die for my country,” said Abdelghani al-Marzouq, a 51-year-old engineer who was at the demonstration.

    Reuters

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