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No Tolerance for Free Press or Thought

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Bahrain is not unique in it’s depressed ranking on the just released RSF Press Freedom Index. Many have suffered greatly depressed rankings due to opportunistic and knee-jerk reaction to malleable definitions of terrorism, readily penalising the press, photojournalists, bloggers and anyone with a dissenting voice. This year, Middle Eastern countries have further moved down the index and now occupy the bottom of the rankings. This is no surprise, as barely a day goes by without someone …

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The Hostility of the Middle East to Freedom of Expression

Here’s a riddle: if you heard the following, which country of region or the world would immediately jump up at you? A female artist and activist serving a 12-year prison sentence is facing additional charges, including “indecent conduct,” after shaking her male lawyer’s hand. South America? China? Belarus? Georgia? USA? No. I bet the region that popped up in your mind was the Middle East. As to the specific country, it most probably was either Saudi …

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RSF Press Freedom Index 2010 released

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And there are no surprises, as far as this region of the world is concerned, and there most certainly is not a surprise as to how our own little island faired: Press Freedom Index 2010Country201020092008200720062005200420032002Bahrain1441199611811112314311767Kuwait87606163738510310278Saudi Arabia157163161148161154159156125Qatar1219474798090104115-Emirates8786696577100137122-Oman124106123n/an/an/an/a152n/aWith the current subjugation of various forms of freedoms of expression in this country, and the concerted effort to shut off any form of opposition – leading in some cases to incarceration, I …

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M.Report S01E26 – Friends and an Interview with RSF

The last two days were very fruitful. I have had the privilege of interacting with an excellent group of people whose main concern is to share their views with the world, and expose the wrongs in their societies in order for those to be addressed and corrected. Although I cannot say that the correction has been effected by society and/or governments, but at least they have been brought out in the open and the hope is …

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RSF gets a bit too Bolshy

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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 …

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