“Bahraini Regime Continues Brutal Suppression of Protesters. So far, tens of people have been killed, hundreds have gone missing and thousands of others have been injured.” source
Foreign reporters have been banned from entering the country since pro-democracy protests began in February 2011. Netizens and journalists, especially photographers, are systematically harassed when they go to demonstrations. There have been countless cases of violence, imprisonment, prosecutions and convictions targeting journalists.
According to the London-based Bahrain Press Association, there have been more than 140 cases of arrests, torture or dismissals of journalists since February 2011. Torture of detainees is widely practiced. Smear campaigns are waged against human rights activists. Two netizens and a media owner have died for defending the right to report the news.
Website filtering has been widened in order to block all content linked to the street demonstrations. Streaming websites that allow video to be streamed in real-time have been blocked. Suppressing photos and video of the unrest has become a question of survival for the regime. It does not want any information about the protests and its brutal crackdown to get out. Nothing must be allowed to alert the international community.
With the direct help of several Gulf neighbours and thanks to the international community’s astonishing silence, the regime is at the same time trying to improve its image and is stepping up diplomatic and public relations initiatives designed to portray Bahrain as a model of political stability and social progress. Let’s prevent any victory for censorship.
Democracy is continually under attack all around the world and is it being allowed to continue because it seems most people would rather play with their computer games, get drunk, watch TV and generally pretend none of it has anything to do with them. If you are educated enough to know the difference then please engage in conversations with anyone of your friends who
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“Bahraini Regime Continues Brutal Suppression of Protesters”
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“The All Party Parliamentary Group for Democracy in Bahrain has written to F1 sponsors and urged them to boycott this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix. The FIA has decided to go ahead with the event despite civil unrest. Group chairman, Labour MP Andy Slaughter, said: “I think it is a very silly decision they [FIA] have made.”
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“Reporters Without Borders was shocked to learn of the death on March 31 of the citizen journalist Ahmed Ismail Hussain, shot while he was filming a peaceful demonstration in the village of Salmabad, south-west of the capital, Manama.”
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“Reporters Without Borders deplores the breaches of press freedom by the Bahraini authorities in the run-up to the Formula One Grand Prix due to take place this weekend.”
• Bahrain: Reforms risk appearing hollow as violations continue
“With the world’s eyes on Bahrain as it prepares to host the Grand Prix, no-one should be under any illusions that the country’s human rights crisis is over.”” Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Deputy Director.