NEWS
Four arrested in Bahrain for "social media abuse"
17 Oct 2012
BY DAISY WILLIAMS

The Bahrain Interior Ministry announced the arrest of four people for defaming public figures on social media today (17 October), with authorities still searching for a fifth.

The Acting General Director of Anti-Corruption, Electronic and Economic Security said that the suspects confessed to their crime, which could result in a jail sentence of up to five years. Bahrain’s cyber defamation laws — which include the publication of “fake news” — were revised in September, resulting in heavier monitoring of social media networks to tackle the “misuse” of such platforms.

Index award winner Nabeel Rajab of the Bahrain Human Rights Center is currently appealing a three year sentence for organising pro-democracy rallies via social networks.

5 responses to “Four arrested in Bahrain for “social media abuse””

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  5. Me says:

    Typical of a country which treats its people as prisoners by controlling their religion, speech, and any freedom of choice.

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