Tag Archives freedoms

Bahrain Journalists Sydicate Statement of Support

I am very grateful for the statement by the Bahrain Journalists Syndicate released to the press today in which they express unequivocal support to Bahraini journalists and writers who have been penalised for simply voicing their opinions which are supposed to be be guaranteed by our Constitution. I am also very grateful indeed to everyone who called and wrote to offer their support both locally and internationally. This support is much needed at the moment. I …

Share

By

Freedom of Speech on the wane in Bahrain

Al-Wasat‘s cartoon today is rather appropriate and indicative of what a large part of society is feeling:Two supposed journalists are asking the person in the middle for a statement, and you can see what the poor guy in the middle (society?) is thinking of if they do dare open his mouth. Has treading carefully become a way of life for Bahrain now? Whatever happened to the constitutionally guaranteed freedoms of speech? …

Share

By

Out on bail

UPDATE: 9feb07@09:28 It seems that this story is coming to an amicable conclusion due to sincere efforts of intermediaries in the next couple of days, where the plaintiff is said to have accepted to drop the case against Mahmood Al-Yousif in return for removing certain words from the original post published on Dec 22nd, 2006. Thanks to everyone for their unstinting support and friendship.and BD500 poorer. I went to the Public Prosecution office this morning …

Share

By

INTERROGATED!

I was a guest of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in Adliya this morning. I was called yesterday and asked – very politely – to present myself at the CID’s Anti-Economic Crimes Unit “for a chat and some tea” which I accepted with alacrity and with not a little trepidation. The fear; however, was unfounded. I was received in a professional manner and the gentleman chatting with me – I can’t call it an interrogation really, …

Share

By

Enemies of the State

Bahrainis Dr. Mohammed Saeed and Hussain Al-Habshi start serving their time in prison today for voicing their political opinions. The first for a year, the second for 6 months. Isolated from their jobs, their families and their community simply for voicing a political opinion which the government interpreted as tantamount to carrying arms and forcibly mounting a coup to change the ruling regime. For just printing and wanting to distribute a document written by a dissident …

Share

By