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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

EOHR Review of Free Expression Situation in Bahrain

(EOHR/IFEX) - The following is a 17 August 2005 EOHR capsule report:

During the past year, Bahrain has witnessed a notable escalation in the public demand for political and social reform. Public protests, rallies, publications and internet-based forums (blogs) have been the clearest manifestation of this movement. Government tolerance of criticism has worn increasingly thin, with violent incidents on the rise. The past year put this to the test several times, with journalists, bloggers, NGOs and opposition groups often falling prey to tighter government restrictions, and more worrying still, increasingly aggressive measures, including the use of force against protesters.

This follows the passing of Press Law 47 [2002], which provided the framework for the arrest of dozens of journalists and editors-in-chief, which triggered a culture of self-censorship amongst Bahraini newspapers and magazines. In interviews with EOHR, journalists also expressed anger at what they called "direct orders" they and their editors-in-chief allegedly receive from the Ministry of Information in the form of written letters and phone calls guiding them on what to publish and what to censor. Read More ....

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