‘Press Freedom and the role of blogs in supporting Human Rights’ Workshop

The Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights will be conducting a training workshop about Press Freedoms, the law and how it views freedoms of expression, practical demonstrations and tutorials on blogging and how to circumvent blocks to reach the content you require.

This workshop will take place between 1-5 March, 2007 in the Bahrain Human Rights Society’s premises for the first two days (1 and 3) the latter days will be conducted at Wa’ad’s.

Both Mohammed Al-Maskati (not to be confused with the other Mohammed Maskati who heads the BYSHR!) and myself will be presenting on the first day (1st March) from 6:20PM through to 8:30PM and our topics will be “Bahraini Blogs, between freedom and internet blocks”.

The whole workshop is very well worth the attendance. Please call the BYSHR for more information.

Download the program (arabic) in pdf format.

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13 Comments
  • Anonymous
    25 February 2007

    Is it going to be safe or will end up with tear gas and rubber bullets. One needs to calculate it dozen times to attend a lecture or speech nowadays in bahrain.

  • mahmood
    25 February 2007

    If you’re that afraid, then Bahrain is obviously no longer a safe place for you and I would guess you should have a look at other options where you can live without fear of persecution.

    This workshop is conducted by bona fide organisations in known addresses with no subversive activities. There will not be any trouble.

  • non
    25 February 2007

    LoL …. I like the modification on your pic … It really reflects the freedom of speech in Bahrain. :ninja:

    Goodluck Mahmood in the workshop, and I’m sure it’s going to be a very useful and beneficial

  • Anonymous
    25 February 2007

    أبو عارف،
    شفيك الله يهداك. صاير جبريت، أنا سألت بس أمان تحضر ولا لا. اذا ما تشعر بأمان اطلع ودور مكان ذاني ! صاير النقاش صعب وياك وايد 🙂

    على فكرة انا مو Anon اللي لعنت سنسفيل اهله في البوست اللي فات، اقتضى التنبيه عشان لا تقول عني مورون بعد

  • BuZain
    25 February 2007

    How to register for this workshop mahmood? I can’t find any contact details on the BYSHR website.

  • mahmood
    25 February 2007

    Sorry mate, I didn’t intend my comment to be read as an attack, that was not the intention. What I said; however, is still true, if you are this afraid of speaking that you become paranoid, then it is time to pack your bags and go find yourself a better life.

    Life is too short to spend it being afraid of a basic human right.

  • mahmood
    25 February 2007

    Mohammed Al-Maskati (president of the BYSHR) is 3981 3867. He should be able to help you BuZain.

  • Esra'a
    25 February 2007

    YES! This is great. Mohammed is a great guy (and hilarious once you get to talk to him informally) so I am sure that this will be fun as much as it is informative and important.

    Thank you all for making this great workshop possible, I already know that it will be a success without even having to attend (though I wish I could!)

    Mad props to everyone involved. Good luck on your presentation Mahmood!

  • Esra'a
    25 February 2007

    By the way, if it is at all possible… someone should mention Kareem’s unfortunate case in Egypt. We must not forget this young man, so please keep him in your thoughts. It is also very relevant to the topic at hand. By fighting for Kareem, we are fighting for human rights in the region because he speaks for all of us, and what the Egyptian government did applies to many of us as well. If they get away with it, other Arab governments might take this as an opportunity to silence some of their own bloggers and we shouldn’t sit back and allow this.

    I also regret knowing that many Arabs and Muslims refuse to help Kareem merely because of what he said. Freedom of speech in this region apparently only applies if you agree with what that person is saying. These people who refuse to support him call themselves human rights activists. How can you support a government’s decision to throw a man in jail for having an opinion, and then claim to be “active” in the human rights field? It doesn’t matter what he said or how he said it. The fact is, his only crime was freedom of expression. And now he’s paying a price for it.

    Right now, many Egyptian bloggers are shaking in their boots, and it’s our responsibility as their fellow Arab bloggers and friends to help keep them strong. They shouldn’t take what happened to Kareem as a threat, we should all keep fighting for his freedom together. 4 years is a very long time, and Kareem’s not going to come out sane (or even alive) if we all sit back and accept what happened. He’s a really shy and soft-spoken person who is physically defenseless. He is already being abused by prison staff.

    I just hope that his case in the Arab world and amongst Arab and Muslim bloggers will be more known and that more people will be willing to support him. I hope you all realize the severity of this issue.

    Free Kareem.. not just for our sake, but for the sake of all of us.

  • Day Dream Believer
    25 February 2007

    Is the workshop in English?

  • mahmood
    25 February 2007

    I completely agree Esra’a.

    DDB I think it’s in Arabic (the schedule is printed in Arabic which leads me to believe that this is the case)

  • inpursuitofjustice
    25 February 2007

    Mahmoud, do you know of any such events in the UAE?

  • mahmood
    26 February 2007

    No idea, why don’t you start one? I would be happy to participate in that if you do.

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