Tag: freedom-of-expression

Gratitudes and the Duraz Siege

Gratitudes and the Duraz Siege

27 Aug, '167 Comments

Today, I choose to reflect on our village Duraz’s siege from my own perspective. We are having to suffer long queues of cars to report to a police checkpoint – one of only two for a village and an area that hosts over 20,000 residents – to get home.

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The Hostility of the Middle East to Freedom of Expression

The Hostility of the Middle East to Freedom of Expression

12 Sep, '154 Comments

Here’s a riddle: if you heard the following, which country of region or the world would immediately jump up at you? A female artist and activist serving a 12-year prison sentence is facing additional charges, including “indecent conduct,” after shaking her male lawyer’s hand. South America? China? Belarus? Georgia? USA? No. I bet the region […]

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Selective security

Selective security

29 Oct, '112 Comments

While I abhor the Molotov cocktail attack on Samira Rajab’s residence and regard it as a heinous crime not to be condoned at all, especially when consideration is given that this attack was most probably undertaken due to Ms Rajab’s opinions and political position, I am left at a loss as to how the security […]

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The Ambassador Speaketh

The Ambassador Speaketh

9 Jan, '110 Comments

Interesting interview in Al-Wasat this morning in which its editor-in-chief interviewed the departing American Ambassador to Bahrain Mr Adam Ereli. The interview had three axes: reflections on his tenure in Bahrain, Freedoms of Expression as exercised (or lack thereof) in Bahrain and the Internet in particular and lastly human rights. It’s surprising and refreshing to […]

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Blocking sites gains momentum

Blocking sites gains momentum

21 May, '106 Comments

and Pakistan (as well as Bahrain, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Iran I suspect) are going frantic over blocking websites they find… uh… offensive to their delicate sensibilities: “Before shutting down (YouTube), we did try just to block particular URLs or links, and access to 450 links on the Internet were stopped, but the blasphemous content […]

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Newspaper Banned in Bahrain

Newspaper Banned in Bahrain

22 Jun, '0915 Comments

Not that I love Akhbar Al-Khaleej, nothing could be more remote from the truth, but my feeling for this decrepit paper, its publisher or some of its so called journalists is completely immaterial, but it should not have been banned under whatever reason given or withheld by whatever organ of government dictating this latest ban […]

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Spoke too soon. Another opinion writer in the dock

21 Jun, '0811 Comments

No sooner than I published my excitement about the steps taken recently by the Ministry of Information to correct past mistakes which resulted in Bahrain taking a beating in all major press and publications indices than I wake up this morning to the news that Abdulla Hassan Buhassan of the National Action Democratic Society has […]

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Retooling the press law

5 May, '086 Comments

The Bahraini Press and Publications Law number 47 of 2002 has been contentious since the day it was promulgated. It has gone through a couple of revisions, one of them unwritten when the prime minister ordered a freeze on journalists’ imprisonment, but it fell far short from what journalists and writers were striving for. The […]

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Extradited cleric takes editor to court for defamation

Extradited cleric takes editor to court for defamation

28 Aug, '0744 Comments

You probably remember Mr. Wagdy Ghoneim, the guy that was thrown out of the States and is now still waiting for being blessed with a Bahraini passport (shock horror!) even though his immensely popular religious show on our Bahrain TV canned; hence, the country no longer requires his services, but he’s not only still around, […]

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World Press Freedom Day

World Press Freedom Day

3 May, '076 Comments

Today marks the annual commemoration of the World Press Freedom Day. This occasion of course is not a celebration, not by any means, but is an occasion for all of us to reflect about what dear price journalists and opinion writers pay to bring us news and thoughts which makes us more aware of the […]

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