Bahraini monarchy arrests United States journalists

This video says about itself:

15 February 2016

According to U.S. officials, four journalists, including at least one American, have been detained in Bahrain and have not yet been released. The journalists were in the country reporting on the fifth anniversary of an uprising in the country. Award-winning reporter, Anna Therese Day, has said she and her camera crew haven’t been released. She also disputed claims by Bahraini officials that a reporter was arrested while participating in attacks on police along with rioters. It is reported Day and her crew were in the country covering the anniversary of the 2011 uprising, which was part of Arab Spring protests.

From Human Rights First in the USA:

American Journalists Arrested in Bahrain Indicates Continuing Crackdown on Dissent

February 15, 2016

Washington, D.C. – In response to news reports that four American journalists have been arrested in Bahrain, Human Rights First’s Brian Dooley issued the following statement:

“Reports that four American journalists are to be prosecuted in Bahrain are another alarming reminder of how dangerous Bahrain is for reporters. The regime routinely denies admission to those it fears will expose its human rights abuses, and arrests those who do manage to get in.

“The American embassy should remind the Bahraini authorities of their obligations to protect press freedom and freedom of expression, and not target reporters. While it’s increasingly rare for the U.S. government to stand up to its repressive military ally, Washington’s credibility is on the line. It should speak out clearly about what consequences there will be for its relationship with Bahrain if the authorities prosecute American reporters for doing their jobs.”

Yesterday marked the fifth anniversary of the brutal government crackdown on mass protests calling for democratic reform in Bahrain. Human Rights First released a new blueprint, “How to Reverse Five Years of Failure on Bahrain,” that examines conditions in Bahrain, the strengths and shortcomings of the U.S. response, and potential opportunities for the U.S. government to support civil society and strengthen respect for human rights. The blueprint outlines key missteps in U.S. policy in Bahrain since the 2011 uprising, which include failing to back up rhetoric in support of human rights and civil society with action, and decisions to downplay these priorities in favor of short-term military objectives. Human Rights First’s interviews with Bahraini activists and civil society leaders revealed an enduring human rights crisis in the country, marked by denial of basic rights including freedom of association, assembly, and expression, arbitrary arrests and torture of human rights activists and opposition leaders, and a failure to hold senior officials accountable  for the torture and killings that occurred during the 2011 crackdown.

American Journalists Arrested: US Embassy Should Remind Bahrain of Press Freedom: here.

UPDATE: Bahrain charges and releases American journalists held during protests. Freelance reporter Anna Day and three cameramen detained while covering anniversary of uprising: here.

Bahrain frees U.S. journalists but keeps its own media behind bars: here.

Bahrain: Release Ebrahim Sharif. Secular Opposition Leader Jailed Again on Speech Charge: here.

Britain lobbied UN to whitewash Bahrain police abuses. Documents indicate UK and Saudi Arabia worked to water down human rights statement: here.

Dyke: I don’t think anyone from Bahrain should be Fifa president: here.

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  2. Thursday 25th February 2016

    posted by Morning Star in World

    by Our Foreign Desk

    A LEADER of the 2011 Bahraini uprising was jailed for a year yesterday for demanding democratic reform in the Gulf kingdom.

    National Democratic Action Society (Wa’ad) general secretary Ibrahim Sharif was convicted of incitement to hatred, but cleared of sedition against the monarchy, for a speech he made last July.

    The speech came just a month after he was released from a four-year sentence for his role in the 2011 pro-democracy uprising centred on the Pearl roundabout in the capital Manama.

    In his speech Mr Sharif accused the royal regime of brutally suppressing peaceful protests led by the socialist Wa’ad movement.

    “In our case, there is no going back to building a wall of fear,” he said at the time. “The government is only strong when we are cowards and is weak when we are courageous.”

    The uprising was crushed by 1,500 troops from neighbouring Saudia Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, with 93 civilians and 11 police killed and almost 3,000 arrested.

    Mr Sharif, an economist and former banker, was one of several pro-democracy campaigners convicted by a military-led tribunal after a government crackdown on the protest movement. Other opposition leaders remain behind bars.

    On the fifth anniversary of the uprising on February 14, police arrested four US journalists covering protests, who the authorities later charged and released.

    The island kingdom is home to the US Navy’s 5th Fleet and is part of the Saudi-led coalition waging war on Yemen.


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