Bahrain on Tuesday evening said that it had temporarily shut down the office of Al Jazeera television station for â€œviolating professional conventions.â€ â€œThe Ministry of Culture and Information has made the decision to freeze the activities of Al Jazeera Satellite Channel office in Bahrain after the channel violated professional conventions and did not comply with the laws and regulations of the press, printing and publication law,â€ the ministry said in a brief statement carried by Bahrain News Agency (BNA).
According to the indefatigable Amira‘s Facebook entry, the reason was:
because they aired interviews with university graduates earning less than BD200 a month – and spoke about poverty.
Is it fair to say then that Bahrain’s government strategy to deal with all its problems is to firmly bury its head in the sand? With the various and consistent curbs applied to the media in all its forms it certainly suggests this “strategic” direction.