Written by :

Journalists denied entry to Bahrain as anniversary of unrest approaches

Yesterday, Bahraini authorities denied visas to a number foreign journalists ahead of the anniversary of Bahrain’s 14 February uprising. Journalists from the New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, the Wall Street Journal, the BBC, Associated Foreign Press, and Al-Jazeera English were all denied visas “due to the high volume of applications”. Local activists expect a […]

Canadian citizen tortured in prison rearrested by Bahrain authorities

Canadian Naser Al Raas was arrested and detained today after he attended a court due to hear his appeal against his five-year prison sentence. The 29 year-old IT-specialist had been in hiding since being sentenced on 25 October 2011, he feared returning to prison after he was tortured while in pre-trial detention. Al Raas was arrested and […]

Bahrain’s Information Affairs Authority responds to Index

Last week, Bahrain’s Information Affairs Authority wrote to Index, to address our criticisms of media censorship in Bahrain. Let’s go through their clarifications: Bahrain continues to work closely with the media and to provide them with greater  accessibility to cover events in country. This is reflected through the extensive on-ground coverage during the release of the […]

Bahrain bars human rights groups as unrest escalates

When Index on Censorship visited Bahrain on a fact finding mission late last year, officials repeatedly pledged to maintain a transparent relationship with the international community. Now that undertaking seems just another broken promise. Three international rights organisations have been denied entry this year. The fact-finding mission investigated the state of free expression in Bahrain. We detailed our findings […]

Canadian citizen faces five years in Bahrain prison for peacefully demonstrating

Twelve of thirteen defendants were acquitted today by a Bahraini court, including Wafi Al-Majed, the husband of human rights activist Zainab Al-Khawaja, who was sentenced to four years in prison. Al-Khawaja, who tweets under the username @angryarabiya, expressed joy on the social networking site today: After all that, my husband Wafi, was found innocent today. Ofcourse he’s […]

Index and rights groups report condemns ongoing human rights violations in Bahrain

An international mission today releases a report asking Bahraini officials to deliver on reform promises, and to stop continuing violations of free expression

Hamas cuts local American Idol loose

To the dismay of those born before the 90s, last year a remake of the 1984 classic Footloose was released. Studio executives might be pleased to learn that they might be able to retell the story — with an international twist. On Thursday Hamas banned Gaza residents from singing in the Palestinian version of American Idol, called New Star. […]

Bahrain needs fewer words and more action from the government

Attempts to circumvent a protest ban in Bahrain’s capital were put to an end with rubber bullets and tear gas yesterday, according to opposition group Al-Wefaq. Small groups of protesters on their way to Ras Rumman, the diplomatic quarter were dispersed by security forces. Protesters were quick to circulate pictures and videos online of what […]

DRC: Further blows to press freedom, despite new regulation body

Two privately owned Congolese newspapers were suspended on 5 January. The order for suspension came from the director of the provincial media authority of Orientale, on the grounds that the Kisangani based Journal de la paix and Kisangani News violated a 1996 law establishing the “conditions for the operation of a free press in the DRC.” According […]

Syria: French journalist killed in Homs attack

A journalist from France 2 TV was reportedly killed and another wounded today in an attack in the Syrian city of Homs. The rocket-propelled grenade blast killed journalist Gilles Jacquier during a pro-government rally, which also resulted in the deaths of eight civilians according to a state-owned television station. The attack came on the same day that a member of the […]

UAE 5 still face restrictions after pardon

Five political activists now released after being pardoned by the Emirati president still face challenges after their release. Sara Yasin reports

Egyptian tycoon to be tried for Islamic Mickey Mouse tweet

An image of Mickey and Minnie Mouse in Islamic gear might land one of Egypt’s wealthiest men in prison. Business tycoon and politician Naguib Sawiris tweeted the picture mocking the rise of Islam in the country last June. Later after the backlash began in the Muslim-majority nation, Sawiris said he did not intend to offend […]