Some very sad news from Kuwait, a neighbouring country which we in Bahrain – and I suspect the whole Gulf – regarded until now as the beacon of democracy with the longest serving parliament in the region. A country where we celebrated their new Press and Publications Law which we again held in high regard and wished that we in Bahrain could just approach the freedoms it contains, a country who we fought for each in his and her own capacity when it was overrun by that criminal Saddam and opened our houses and hearts to our Kuwaiti brothers and sisters, a country which we deeply share our destiny and culture with much more than any other Gulf country. It is therefore very sad to hear of the news that their security forces have not only detained online publishers, but also tortured them simply for having an online presence and are being held to account for an anonymous comment left on their publication they had nothing to do with, and for daring to take pictures of the apprehension.
This is much more than a black day for the freedom of speech in the Gulf as that restriction has come from the doyen of free speech in this area, one that we have held in very high regard, until now.
Shame on you Kuwait.
Bashar and Jassim, you have my full support and I know that this incident will never diminish your patriotism and love for your country.
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references English: SBG • Savior Machine • The Kuwaiti • Q8 SWS • Shurooq • ForzaQ8 • The Stallion
Arabic: Al-Aan • Al-Jareeda • Al-Ommah • Sahat Al-Safat • Ma6goog • elkoot • Kuwait Unplugged • bel Kuwaiti Alfasih
update 070821@1755: Bashar has been released on his own recognizance by the State Security police. Welcome back Bashar! More on Al-Aan (arabic) and the various websites above.
Filed in: Human Rights