According to Jamal Dawood, 82 sites already registred…

20 Aug, '05

When you consider that there are possibly tens of thousands of sites about Bahrain or are run from it, this is an abject failure (arabic) of his department.

What boggles the mind is that he still doesn’t take the opportunity to tell the whole world that the government, and his department in particular, has listened to criticism and acted democratically by abolishing this archaic administrative order.

I guess his office should really celebrate Bahrain taking THIRD PLACE in the Most Dangerous Places to Blog from!

Jamal Dawood now says that his department has referred 46 (yes FORTY SIX) cases to the Public Prosecutor including some websites for transgressing various offences including the Press Law over the last six months.

Bahrain is about to become even a more dangerous place to blog from… if you blog under your own identity that is.

Can someone please put an end to this farce? Can we please take back what has been lost in image and reputation before it is lost for ever?

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  1. anonymous says:

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    Mahmood is afraid that Bahrain is about to become even a more dangerous place to blog from, specially that the Public Prosecutor is now looking into 46 websites, which they think might be transgressing various offences including the Press Law(in Arabi…

  2. [deleted]0.14243600 1099323648.862 says:

    According to Jamal Dawood, 82 sites already registred…

    Mahmood, maybe some people would prefer to start anonymous weblog publishing! If the case is this serious, then they should.

    I’m completely against censorship. Therefore, please allow me here to list some resources that may help blogging anonymously:

    1. http://invisiblog.com/
    2. http://www.searchlores.org/noanon.htm
    3. http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/dyn/globalvoices/wiki/index.php/AnonBlog
    4. http://www.eff.org/Privacy/Anonymity/blog-anonymously.php
    5. http://privateblogging.noreply.org/privateblogging/

    I’m sorry that it reached this level, but better be ready!

  3. anonymous says:

    According to Jamal Dawood, 82 sites already registred…

    I dont think anonymous blogging is the way to go, the country is too darn small and if they really wanted to track down someone; it will only be a matter of time. I say we all ignore and continue doing what we are doing. Not with masks and nicknames, but behind real identities; i am not doing anything wrond nor am i saying anything that i shouldn’t. The country granted freedom of speech and I am only practicing my right to.

    emoodz

  4. anonymous says:

    According to Jamal Dawood, 82 sites already registred…

    Despite Jamal Dawoud, placing Bahrain as the third most dangerous place to blog from is absurd. Its on the same level as Saudi and Saudi Arabia? More dangerous that Iraq? Two weeks ago a blogger Steve Vincent was killed in Iraq yet it doesn’t make the list. Israel arrests a blogger for ‘sedition’ and it doesn’t make the list either.

    In fact the guy who came up with the list Spirit of America’s Curt Hopkins continues to deny that Israel has arrested any bloggers, even when the Jerusalem Post has specifically reported that the Israeli authorities have done so. Given this sort of approach is it any surprise that questions are being asked about why Curt Hopkins linked his site to Debka, the website which boasts it was established by ‘former Israeli intelligence officers’?

  5. anonymous says:

    According to Jamal Dawood, 82 sites already registred…

    Does anyone seriously believe this about Bahrain being on the same level as Saudi?

  6. mahmood says:

    Re: According to Jamal Dawood, 82 sites already registred…

    That’s not the point. It is not the point as well if the “list” is inherently flawed. The point is Bahrain should have NEVER been mentioned in any of these reports because it should never have prosecuted webmasters nor should it have allowed an administrative order requiring webmasters to register their sites. We know that the two incidents specifically are wrong. When will the government admit that it has done wrong, correct the situation and move on? THAT would generate a LOT of good publicity for Bahrain which at the moment it sorely needs.

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