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MoI Arrests Citizens for Posting "Instigative Materials" on Social Media

2016-06-28 - 9:25 am

Bahrain Mirror: Bahrain's Ministry of Interior said that it arrested a number of citizens for posting "instigative materials on social media".

The General Director of Anti-corruption and Economic and Electronic Security announced in a statement on Monday (June 27, 2016) "the arrest of a number of individuals for misusing social media to post calls of incitement, including violations that are penalized by law."

The ministry did not announce the names of the arrested, however, activists referred to the citizen Taiba Ismail who was arrested after raiding her house and confiscating her electronic devices.

Activists stressed that "Isamil was arrested over charges related to freedom of expression and she was transferred to the Criminal Investigation Department".

Director of Anti-Corruption and Economic and Electronic Security said that the directorate monitored several accounts that posted messages of incitement and called for the abuse of others.

An investigation was launched and those involved were arrested after a warrant was issued by the Public Prosecution. He added "Legal proceedings are being taken to refer the case to the Public Prosecution."

"Legal steps will be taken against anyone who posts calls of incitement on social media or via other means," he further stated.

Tags: Ministry of Interior, Arrest, Social Media, Criminal Investigation Department

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