Tag: journalism

A light-bulb faintly goes on

28 Apr, '056 Comments

From this morning’s GDN Webmasters are free to register WEBMASTERS will not be hounded into registering their sites with the Information Ministry, authorities said yesterday. Information Under-Secretary Mahmood Al Mahmood said although the rules state that Bahrain websites must be registered with the ministry, it will not be actively pursuing them. “Our goal is to […]

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Website clamp a step backwards

26 Apr, '050 Comments

It is disturbing news that Bahrain has decided to clamp down on websites, just as the country celebrates World Book Day. Yesterday’s stern warning to all webmasters to either register their sites or face legal action, has sent shockwaves down my spine. To camouflage a law bent on infringing on the rights of people to […]

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Webmasters clamp ‘can prevent libel’

26 Apr, '051 Comment

New rules asking webmasters to register their sites with the Information Ministry should not be used to stifle freedom of expression, political activists said yesterday. Some were totally opposed to any registration, saying it could be the beginning of a slippery slope which could lead to further restrictions and unfair legal action to be taken […]

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Chaos as MPs clash over ban on reporter

24 Nov, '040 Comments

Parliament’s weekly session ended in chaos yesterday after MPs quarrelled over a reporter being banned from the session. Some MPs walked out in protest as Al Wasat newspaper reporter Batool Al Sayed initially refused to leave the Press box. Parliament chairman Khalifa Al Dhahrani had reportedly earlier contacted newspaper chairman Farouk Almoayyed, insisting that Ms […]

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Another benchmark goes south

1 Nov, '042 Comments

RSF published their annual report again, and unfortunately Bahrain’s ranking on press freedom dropped yet again. And it’s a downward spiral at a rate of knots: 2002: raked 67 2003: ranked 117 2004: ranked 143! Why? Was it that the people polled to rank Bahrain are increasingly pessimistic on the outlook of press freedoms in […]

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