It looks like there is a new admin for this area for RSF… there must be, as their latest press release about Bahrain is a bit, well, unduly strong. I would have thought that they could be a little bit more politically cognizant and temper it down a bit.
Saying something like:
Determined to oppose the continuation of your current Internet policies, we hope you will take account of this new request to let your subjects express themselves online and allow the Internet to develop freely. We remind you that we already told you of our concern in April 2005 about your governmentâ€™s adoption of a regulation requiring websites dealing with Bahrain to register with the information ministry.
will most definitely and resolutely burn any remaining bridges between the Bahraini government and RSF, rendering any good that RSF hopes to achieve to be close to zero.
I am not saying that our government’s policy as far as censorship (Internet or otherwise) is correct, far from it, in fact I totally oppose it, but for RSF to go to this level of Bolshiness is immature, inconsiderate and politically incorrect.
Much more important than that, they do our cause no good whatsoever by isolating themselves in such a matter.
I guess this is one situation where a champion turned into an ogre?
hat tip: Dr. Abduljalil Al-Singace