They originally said that they will not use the infamous Law 47 of 2002 (arabic)and it’s “just administrative”, however we continue to see journalists being gagged using this archaic and unfair law.
In this particular instance, the journalist submitted reports to a “foreign” newspaper without being registered as a foreign correspondent with the Ministry of Information. Therefore, the Ministry took umbrage with his activities and presented him to the public prosecutor under Law 47.
Other than this process and its associated law is against the essence of human rights and the freedoms of expression, does that now mean that a Bahraini needs the Ministry’s permission and registration just just to comments let alone write an article on any “foreign” or local website, or comment or write an article as an individual Bahraini citizen in a foreign publication?
What if that Bahraini citizen was to publish important scientific research? Would she still require that permission?
What about a child submitting a drawing in an international competition? Does he require permission? What if he doesn’t get it in time and goes ahead and submits, does the mother goes to prison?
What about a businessman who is trying to bring much needed investment into the Kingdom by writing articles, and presenting in seminars and exhibitions? Does he need to have permission?
Does the Ministry of Information have any more rules and regulations in its drawers that would further stifle investment and thought? Because to me, this seem to be their mission statement.
I just want to know really. Just out of interest, you see.
And the parliament, where are they from all this? I sent 40 of these “esteemed” MPs an email last night, only to receive 31 rejection notices because they exceeded their quota. They’ve exceeded their quota since they were elected, they might as well have an expiry date for a nameplate in their chamber!
update names of MPs whose email bounced are listed below:
For the record, here are the names of the MPs whose email was not rejected (no guarantee that they have received it or read it, no one contacted me yet, but at least there was no error and giving them the benefit of the doubt, they might actually check their email boxes from time to time as they are NOT over quota):
Abdulhadi Ahmed Isa Marhoon
Adel Abdulrahman Jassim Al-Moawdah
Ahmed Hussain Ibrahim Abbas
Dr. Ali Ahmed Abdulla Ali
Hamad Khalil Al-Muhanadi
Mohammed Hussain Ahmed Al-Khayyat
Following are the Members of Parliament whose email box is overflowing and probably don’t bother checking it. Being “representatives of the people” doesn’t mean that they actually have to listen to us:
Abbas Hassan Ibrahim Salman
Abdulaziz Abdulla Mohammed Al-Mousa
Abdulaziz Jalal Al-Meer
Abdulla Ja’afar Ahmed Al-A’ali
Abdulla Khalaf Rashed Al-Dossery
Abdulnabi Salman Ahmed Nasser
Ahmed Abdulla Ahmed Hajji
Ahmed Ibrahim Mahmood Behzad
Ali Mohammed Abdulla Mattar
Ali Mohammed Ali Al-Samahiji
Dr. Abdullatif Ahmed Al-Shaikh Mohammed Saleh
Dr. Ibrahim Yousif Abdulla
Dr. Isa Jassim Mohammed Al-Motawa
Dr. Sa’adi Mohammed Abdulla Ali
Dr. Salah Ali Mohammed Abdulrahman
Farid Ghazi Jassim Rafi’
Ghanim Fadhl Ghanim Al-Buainain
Hassan Eid Rashed Bukhammas
Isa Ahmed Abu Al-Fateh
Isa Hassan Abdulrasool Bin-Rajab
Jassim Ahmed Abdulkarim Al-Saidi
Jassim Hassan Yousif Abdula’al
Jassim Mohammed Jassim Al-Mowali
Jihad Hassan Ibrahim Bukamal
Khalifa Ahmed Khalifa Al-Dhahrani
Mohammed Abdulla Abdulla Al-Shaikh Ja’afar Al-Abbas
Mohammed Faihan Saleh Al-Dossery
Mohammed Ibrahim Mohammed Al-Ka’abi
Mohammed Khalid Ibrahim Mohammed
Othman Mohammed Sharif Al-Rayyis
Sameer Abdulla Ahmed Al-Shuwaikh
Sami Muhsin Mohammed Al-Buhairi
Yousif Hussain Ahmed Al-Harmi
Yousif Zain-Alabedeen Mohammed Zainal
You can count them, 34 don’t bother to check their email, while only 6 appear to.
Dispicable… I actually forgot to email the chairman of the council last night and just emailed him 5 minutes ago, only to be rejected, just like the others. A sample of the rejection email is:
The message you sent to nuwab.gov.bh/kaldahrani was rejected because the quota for the mailbox has been exceeded.
The subject of the message follows:
Subject: On the BBC Arabic Service
And these people are actually standing for the next election? They should declare their intention now that they would not DARE stand again, not even to manage a petrol station!