PM supports a free press too!

7 Mar, '07
واعتبر رئيس الوزراء أثناء استقباله أمس (الثلثاء) أعضاء مجلس إدارة جمعية الصحفيين البحرينية برئاسة عيسى الشايجي، أنه ‘’لا يوجد داعم أكبر للانفتاح من الصحافة والوعي والتحلي بروح المسؤولية، وأنه بالقلم الحر والكلمة الصادقة والأمانة الوطنية والتحليل والرؤى الثاقبة للأمور، مطمئنون أن منجزاتنا ستتعاظم ومقدراتنا محمية وثوابتنا الوطنية محفوظة’’.

وتابع ‘’نحرص على توجيه الوزراء للتواصل مع الصحافة وتوضيح كل ما يهم المواطنين، والاختلاف في الرأي ظاهرة صحية طالما لم يكن على مصلحة الوطن العليا، فهذه مسألة لا خلاف عليها بيننا جميعاً مهما كبرت أو صغرت مواقعنا’’.

Al-Waqt :: 7 Feb, ’07

Good news. The PM supports free speech and a free press too. Echoing and confirming the king’s stance on the subject.

Now that we have the the most powerful two in the country unequivocally for these freedoms, one would think that Bashmi’s proposal will supplant that the government has pushed through in haste during last parliamentary term to amend the Press & Publications Law number 47/2002?

And that they will move the new media ownership law and instruct parliament to get on with it and discuss it?

Well, the talk is good. Let’s hope that the action follows just as beautifully.

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  1. jayjerome says:

    The PM supports free speech and a free press too. Echoing and confirming the king’s stance on the subject.

    That depends on what their definition of free speech is: the devil (as they say) is in the details.

  2. mahmood says:

    طالما لم يكن على مصلحة الوطن العليا

    that means: “As long as it does not supplant the higher national interest” said in the context that criticism should be accepted “as long as it doesn’t”

  3. Rancher says:

    Nevertheless if you can blog and don’t get shut down again the voice of opposition will be heard. At least by me.

  4. Tom says:

    And how about criticism of the prophet ? Something that will also come. How can you defend freedom of the press, given aya 33:36 ?

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