RSF Urges Bahrain to Overturn Nazeeha Saeed’s Conviction
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urged in a statement it published on its website the Bahraini authorities to overturn journalist Nazeeha Saeed’s conviction on a charge of working illegally, which has been upheld on appeal. RSF also called on the authorities to stop violating media freedom.
IFJ Condemns Al-Wasat Closure, Calls on Bahrain Gov’t to Hold Responsibility for Staff who Lost Jobs
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has condemned the refusal of Bahraini government to lift a ban on Al Wasat newspaper, which led to its closure this week.
Human Rights Watch: Al-Wasat’s Suspension Violates Right to Freedom of Expression
Bahraini authorities on June 4, 2017, ordered the immediate indefinite suspension of Al Wasat, the country’s only independent newspaper, said Human Rights Watch.
Bahrain Press Association Says Decision to Suspend Al-Wasat Newspaper “Planned”
Bahrain Press Association (BPA) condemned the decision issued today by the Bahraini Information Affairs Authority that suspended Al-Wasat newspaper until further notice.
Reuters: Bahrain Indefinitely Suspends Independent Newspaper
Bahrain on Sunday suspended the country's only independent newspaper indefinitely over a column that insulted a "sisterly Arab country", state news agency BNA reported, the second time the publication has been banned this year.
France Médias Monde Rejects Bahraini Desire to Appoint Reporter to Replace Nazeeha Saeed
The France Médias Monde (FMM) broadcaster denounced the verdict issued against Bahraini journalist Nazeeha Saeed after she was accused of reporting without license for foreign agencies.
AP: Bahrain Fines Reporter $2,650 for Working without Press Card
A Bahrain court has given a journalist working for France 24 and Radio Monte Carlo Doualiya a $2,650 fine for reporting without government accreditation.
RSF Urges Bahrain to Stop Intimidating Journalists, Drop Charges against Nazeeha Saeed
Reporters without Borders (RSF) said in a statement on its website that it “urges the Bahrain authorities to drop its prosecution of the journalist Nazeeha Saeed on the eve of a verdict in her case, and to halt their efforts to intimidate journalists.”
Reuters: Bahrain Journalist Found Guilty of Reporting without License
A Bahrain court fined a prominent journalist 1,000 dinars ($2,650) on Thursday for reporting in the kingdom without official permission, her lawyer said, after a trial seen by rights groups as an example of diminishing press freedom.
Bahrain Bars German Reporter who Criticized Salman Bin Ibrahim from Entering Country
A German website that the Bahraini authorities have barred German reporter from entering the country to attend the FIFA Congress without mentioning any apparent justification.
Press Agencies Call Upon Bahrain King to Allow Journalists to Freely Operate in Country
Associated Press, Agence France-Presse, and other organizations including the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), addressed a letter to Bahrain King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, calling on him to allow journalists to operate freely in the country.
2017 HRC UPR Working Group on Bahrain Issues Draft Report; Another Set of 176 Recommendations
The Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Twenty-Seventh session issued an unedited version of its draft report on Bahrain, on Wednesday (May 3, 2017). The 2017 recommendations seem to mirror the 2012 recommendations, as both sets line up to 176 recommendations.
Geneva: Lithuania Demands Bahrain not to Arbitrarily Strip Journalists of Licenses
Lithuania demanded the Bahraini government to stop its policy of stripping journalists of their licenses, and allow them to carry out their work.
HR Groups Call on Bahrain King to Release Photojournalist Sayed Ahmed Al Mousawi
Human rights groups signed joint letter calling on the King of Bahrain to release and drop the charges against photojournalist Sayed Ahmed Salman al-Mousawi.
Strict Security Measures at Diraz Entrances ahead of F1 Race
Bahraini security forces have intensified their measures, tightening the ongoing siege imposed on the village of Diraz since June 2016.
AP: Bahrain Sentences 3 to Death on Terror Charges
A Bahrain court sentenced three people to death and 14 others to lengthy prison terms on charges they established a terrorist cell with the intent of killing policemen, al-Wasat, an independent Bahraini news website, reported Thursday.
AP: French News Agency Says Former Staffer Released in Bahrain
Agence France-Presse says a former photographer for the French news agency has been released in Bahrain after being held for more than 24 hours.
Reuters: Former AFP Photographer Released in Bahrain
Bahraini authorities released a former Agence France-Presse photographer on Thursday after holding him for more than 24 hours because of his work for AFP, the French news agency reported.
AFP Photographer Mohammed Al-Shaikh Released One Day after his Arrest
The security authorities released on Thursday (March 23, 2017) the AFP photographer Mohammed Al-Shaikh who was arrested one day ago upon returning from private vacation in India.
The Guardian: Nabeel Rajab Faces Prison for Saying Journalists are Banned from Bahrain
British daily The Guardian reported that “Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab is facing a lengthy prison sentence simply for stating that journalists and international NGOs cannot enter Bahrain.”