Blog archive: Bahrain

  • 7th November 2012
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The authorities in Bahrain have issued a list of 31 people who are to be stripped of their citizenship in an apparent punishment for opposing the regime. The announcement, posted on the interior ministry's website earlier today, gave no specific reasons but the ministry said it was taking...
  • 1st November 2012
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The United States has now joined in the criticism of Bahrain's decision to ban all public gatherings. State Department spokesman Mark Toner began yesterday's daily media briefing with the following statement (which broadly echoes the British statement quoted here in a blog post ...
  • 31st October 2012
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Less than two weeks after attracting international derision by arresting four young men for "insulting" the king on Twitter, the government of Bahrain is digging itself into another hole – this time by imposing a blanket ban on demonstrations. A statement from the interior minister said...
  • 18th October 2012
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    By arresting four young men for "misuse of social media" the Bahraini authorities have embarked on a battle that ultimately they are bound to lose. The four have been charged (in the words of the interior ministry) with "defaming public figures" – an apparent use of the royal...
  • 12th September 2012
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Opening the latest session of the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva on Monday, Navi Pillay, the High Commissioner, gave a wide-ranging progress report which included a section on Bahrain. The human rights situation in Bahrain remains an issue of serious concern, she said, adding...
  • 4th April 2012
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Following the shooting of citizen journalist Ahmed Ismael Hassan in Bahrain, which I reported here at the weekend, the EAWorldView blog describes how the victim's family have been harassed by the authorities (scroll down to 1812 GMT). An EA correspondent recently visited...
  • 1st April 2012
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The death of a 22-year-old Bahraini man early on Saturday raises new questions about the regime's declared commitment to avoiding brutality when dealing with demonstrators. Ahmed Ismael Hassan (above) – described as a citizen journalist who regularly...
  • 29th February 2012
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    February has been a busy month for Qorvis, the American public relations firm hired at $480,000 a year to spruce up Bahrain's tarnished image. For starters, there was the usual round of "good news" press releases to be churned out highlighting the kingdom's tolerance, its culture, its...
  • 14th January 2012
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Alarmed by negative media coverage of its bloody repression, the government of Bahrain embarked on an Israeli-style hasbaracampaign earlier this year, hiring – at great expense – an assortment of western public relations firms, "reputation management" consultants, etc, to whitewash...
  • 22nd December 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    I have written before about Matt Lauer of Qorvis, the American PR firm with a $40,000-a-month contract to spruce up the Bahraini government's tarnished image. Mr Lauer was on Twitter yesterday, complaining about excessive use of exclamation marks by bloggers. What a pity he...
  • 10th December 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    I have written here before about the American public relations firm, Qorvis, and its shameful $40,000-a-month contract with the government of Bahrain to spruce up the kingdom's tarnished image. Now, though, a document filed by Qorvis under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (as...
  • 21st November 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The Ennahda (al-Nahda) party, which won the largest number of seats in the recent Tunisian election, has declared its support for the counter-revolutionary forces in Bahrain, according to the official Bahrain News Agency. A report from the agency says the party's political bureau "...

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