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وكيل “الإعلام”: تسجيل “المواقع” تأكيد لحرية النشر والحماية الفكرية

أكد الوكيل المساعد للمطبوعات والنشر في وزارة الإعلام عبدالله يتيم أن “بدء تسجيل المواقع الالكترونية في إدارة المطبوعات والنشر في وزارة الإعلام منذ الثاني من مايو/ أيار الجاري، يأتي ضمن التزامات الوزارة بترسيخ وإطلاق حرية الصحافة والطباعة والنشر باعتبارها من الحريات التي كفلها الدستور في مادتيه الـ “23” Ùˆ”24″ من دون مساس بالمصلحة العليا للوطن وبثوابته الدينية والحضارية، وبما يصون الحقوق والحريات العامة والمكتسبات الحضارية التي تحققت في ظل المشروع الإصلاحي الشامل لعاهل البلاد المفدى”.

وأكد الوكيل أهمية هذه الإجراءات الجديدة في تقديم قواعد إرشادية وإجرائية خاصة، من شأنها تحقيق جملة من المزايا من بينها: أولا: تشجيع الإبداع في إثراء المحتوى الالكتروني المحلي من حيث المستوى والمضمون. ثانيا: إكمال التزام البحرين بحماية حقوق المؤسسات والأفراد أصحاب المواقع الإلكترونية على الإنترنت ومنع الآخرين من الاعتداء على حقوقهم الفكرية استنادا إلى قانون حماية حقوق المؤلف ومعاهدة المنظمة العالمية للملكية الفكرية بشأن الانترنت، والالتزامات الدولية المتعلقة بها. ثالثا: تطوير مجتمع المعلوماتية، والمساعدة في حماية وتطوير أنشطة التجارة الإلكترونية في إطار اتجاه مملكة البحرين نحو تطبيق الحكومة الإلكترونية في مؤسساتها كافة. رابعا: منع الاستخدام السيئ وغير القانوني لشبكة الانترنت في ظل الالتزام بخطوط إرشادية مشابهة لتلك المستخدمة في تنظيم وسائل الإعلام التقليدية، وذلك من خلال منع إنشاء المواقع الإلكترونية التي تساعد على تسهيل الأنشطة التجارية والمالية غير المشروعة، فضلا عن تحميل مصممي تلك المواقع المسئولية القانونية تجاه المواد التي ينشرونها في مواقعهم، والتي من شأنها التشهير وخدش الحياء والأخلاق.

وبطريقة أكثر تجديدا فإن هذا الإجراء سيكون ذا أهمية لحظر المواقع الإلكترونية الإباحية، وكذلك مواقع التحرش الجنسي بالأطفال والمواقع التي تحض على العنف العرقي والديني أو جرائم الكراهية ضد مجتمعات أو افراد أو مجموعات أو اقليات معينة، وكذلك المواقع التي تشجع على الأنشطة الإرهابية ونشر معلومات عن صناعة المتفجرات أو الدفاع عن عمليات الاغتيال

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Website clamp a step backwards

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 express their opinion with clichés like protecting public freedom and safeguarding the rights stipulated in the 2002 reforms initiated by His Majesty King Hamad, is worrying.

It makes me and many others wonder what type of democracy we want to tell the rest of the civili-sed world we have.

Do we have a real democracy, or a tailor-made one under which people can do, say or think anything they want, as long as it falls in with the official line?

Instead of taking the opportunity of World Book Day to encourage people to read and write, express themselves and expand their horizons, the Information Ministry has now appointed itself as custodian of the worldwide web (www) and has created new restrictions to a service which provides people with information and entertainment at the click of a button.

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Webmasters clamp ‘can prevent libel’

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 against webmasters.

Others said the registration rule should only be used to prosecute people for libel and similar crimes and that there should not be an attempt by government officials to control the content of websites.

National Democratic Action Society board member Ebrahim Alsayed said this development is the latest in a series of moves designed to stifle the population.

“It follows recent proposed anti-terror, gatherings and political societies laws, which are examples of backward steps being taken following Bahrain’s previous democratic reforms,” he said.

“It fits into a bigger scenario of the government controlling society, limiting freedom of expression, freedom of organisation and the ability of the public to put pressure on it.”

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Freedom of Speech my big toe!

Webmasters must register or face legal action

Webmasters face prosecution if they defy new rules announced by Bahraini authorities. All Bahraini websites set up here or abroad must register with the Information Ministry or face legal action, it was declared yesterday.

A six-month campaign is being launched next Monday to register all Bahraini websites, under orders from Information Minister and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr Mohammed Abdul Ghaffar.

“The ministry will announce soon the details of how each website owner or supervisor can register,” Information Under-Secretary Mahmood Al Mahmood told the GDN.

“If they fail to register then legal action will be taken against them based on the country’s printing and publishing laws.”

He said websites would face similar laws to newspapers, related to libel, public decency and ethics.

Just as a newspaper editor-in-chief is held responsible for what he publishes, so will the webmasters be, he said.

Ministry printing and publishing director Jamal Dawood said registration procedures would be in line with those for all types of publications, including newspapers, leaflets, audio and visual media.

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We woke up this morning to this. We first got wind of it through a very Silly site.

That the Ministry of Information continues to innovate and create new ways to drag the name of these islands in shite. The ministry being an extremely important appendage of Bahrain, Inc. can’t have come to this conclusion by themselves, they (the whole government) must be still smarting from the bahrainonline.org debacle, when sane people would think twice on generating adverse publicity once again by trying to control what is printed, this time they seem to have gone a step further and want to penalise us for our thoughts as well.

Nothing new of course, after all, the impression that the Ministry of Information is most concerned about is the complete destruction of Bahrain’s reputation nationally and internationally.

However, the Ministry of Information is really not to blame, it is an executive body trying to keep within the letter of the law. The blame is fully on the parliament’s doorstep and every single member of that impotent organ, be they elected or appointed. Functioning for over 3 years now without a single law that would improve Bahrain’s standing in the world, nor a single one that would improve our standards of living. Unless of course you consider that allowing veiled women to drive, protecting us from Nancy Ajram, or the requests to the Ministry of Works to install traffic bumps on roads achievements.

6 months.

We have 6 months to fight this brain-fart, or else just shut up and gobble it all up. And although we cannot depend on the parliament, unfortunately it’s the only place we have to petition to do something.

Therefore what I propose is:

1. Don’t register any site, if at the expiry of the 6-month deadline comes about without any progress, put up a statement on our websites declaring the death of freedoms of speech in Bahrain and abandon the sites.

2. Organise an on-line petition where all webmasters and website patrons can electronically sign. At the end of the 6 month period print it out and hand it to the Chairman of the National Assembly. As it is his chamber through Ibrahim Bashmi who is working on the new press and media laws rather than the moronic chamber of representatives.

3. Immediately organise a meeting and invite ALL webmasters to attend to take this issue further.

If they think that we’d be lying down and taking it, they’ve got another thing coming.

Who’s with me?

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