Tag: freedoms

The Return of the “Traitor Circles”

The Return of the “Traitor Circles”

10 Sep, '121 Comment

This is very troubling: Crackdown on cyber defamation Posted on » Monday, September 10, 2012 THE Interior Ministry is set to crack down on defamation against national and public figures on social media networks, the acting general director for combatting electronic and economic crimes revealed yesterday. He said anyone can report violations with details of […]

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Government admits the ineffectiveness of censorship

Government admits the ineffectiveness of censorship

25 Jan, '124 Comments

With six international human rights organizations releasing stinging reports on the freedom of expression in the Arab world, Bahrain was not spared any of that wrath. And deservedly so for the thousands of websites which have been blocked over the past ten years, a campaign which has intensified especially over the last few years. The […]

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Redressing the wronged employees

Redressing the wronged employees

21 Jan, '128 Comments

In this country, over a thousand have been dismissed from their positions for doing nothing other than expressing their opinions. Quite a number were fired for simply being Shi’a. My head just cannot get around this. Disregard, for the moment, the fact the as many households have been disadvantaged directly due to this despicable practice, […]

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IAA dreaming?

IAA dreaming?

28 Dec, '114 Comments

Here’s a bit of news which does not add up: Bahrain has been picked to host the headquarters for Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal’s new international Arabic news network despite months of unrest, according to the tiny Gulf kingdom’s media oversight authority. Alwaleed’s channel, dubbed Alarab, will be based in the Bahraini capital Manama’s […]

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The Dialogue: Freedom of Speech

The Dialogue: Freedom of Speech

11 Jul, '118 Comments

I won’t talk about specifics of the sessions as I find that to be unethical. We’re all in there at the invitation of this nation to find way in which we can recoup losses, ameliorate passions and find a way forward for us all to live peacefully together. I will; however, share with you my […]

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Domino effect continues… who’s after Egypt?

28 Jan, '1130 Comments

With the collapse of dictatorial rule in Tunis and the running demonstrations in Egypt since 25 Jan with Friday the 28th culminating in the biggest series of demonstrations for decades, which other country could follow this popular domino effect? The regular culprits and the most shaky governments seem to be Algeria, Morocco, Jordan and Yemen, […]

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Who’s next?

Who’s next?

5 Sep, '1016 Comments

Abdulemam joins tens, possibly hundreds, more apprehended Bahrainis all accused or charged with some malicious intent against the ruling regime. According to most operating human rights organisations in the country, they have had their rights violated and some even went as far as accusing the security services of applying systemic torture on some of those incarcerated.

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Ah, Germany is not that free after all!

Ah, Germany is not that free after all!

15 May, '108 Comments

I know, such a revaluation isn’t it? I’m in Berlin as part of an excellent program by the German Federal Foreign Office. They invited a group of 15 international bloggers coming from countries spanning across from Costa Rica through to China. Part of the program is to meet with German bloggers and opinion makers to […]

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M.Report S01E11 – Hayfa Wahbi, despondency and its cure!

M.Report S01E11 – Hayfa Wahbi, despondency and its cure!

28 Apr, '0821 Comments

This is yesterday’s episode, sorry, had meetings outside and didn’t get back to the office to collect the laptop before going home. So I did this on Arif’s digital snapper, and the quality ain’t bad. I might actually go and buy a similar little shooter to shoot the M.Reports through. Let me know which you […]

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Delivered a lecture at Princeton University

Delivered a lecture at Princeton University

5 Mar, '086 Comments

At the invitation of Daoud Kuttab, the visiting Ferris Professor of “New Media and the Arab World” at Princeton University, I gave a lecture to his students this morning about the Middle East Human Rights and Freedom of Expression situations from a blogger’s and political activist’s perspective. This is essentially the same presentation I did […]

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