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Mainstream media misleading world on Bahrain: Analyst

Mainstream media misleading world on Bahrain: Analyst | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

A political analyst says the world is in the dark about the crackdown of anti-regime protesters in Bahrain as mainstream media render a distorted image of developments in the Persian Gulf kingdom, Press TV reports.

In an interview on Tuesday, Daoud Khairallah, professor of law at the Georgetown University, said that there is a certain “deliberate distortion” of facts in Bahrain.

“Unfortunately the international community is fed information [about Bahrain] by a media that is already politicized and distorted,” he said.

“We know that the media is biased, the media is controlled by special interest and there is a huge double standard in the way the world sees what is going on in the entire Arab world and this is very unfortunate,” Khairallah added.

Referring to a recent ruling by a court in Bahrain which sentenced seven anti-regime protesters to 15 years in prison, the analyst said politics is “ostensibly” interfering in the judicial process in Bahrain.

On Sunday, a Bahraini court handed down the jail terms to the protesters after convicting them of an attack which wounded a policeman during a protest in December 2012.

Khairallah said that the Bahrain uprising has been “peaceful” but the Manama kingdom supported by certain regional countries has launched a heavy crackdown on protesters.

Bahrainis have been staging demonstrations since mid-February 2011, calling for political reforms and a constitutional monarchy, a demand that later changed to an outright call for the ouster of the ruling Al Khalifa family following its brutal crackdown on popular protests.

In February, Amnesty International censured Manama for its “relentless repression” of anti-regime protesters, blaming Bahraini security forces for their repeated use of “excessive force to quash anti-government protests.”

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NGOs censure Bahrain for torture of journalists

NGOs censure Bahrain for torture of journalists | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Ten international human rights groups denounce the arrest and torture of Bahraini journalists.
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#Bahrain : After Arresting and Disappearing of Two Journalists, ANHRI Demands Revealing their Fate

#Bahrain : After Arresting and Disappearing of Two Journalists, ANHRI Demands Revealing their Fate | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), denounces the continuing harassments against the photographers and the journalists by the Bahraini authorities in addition to arresting them without clear reasons in addition to the denial of the authorities for its relation with some of the direct detention process, which arouse concerns related to the life of the detainees.

The Bahraini Security Forces had in the second of August 2013, Friday, arrested the photographer “Qasem Zain El-Deen” after storming his house in Diraz and the forces had confiscated his mobile phone and his lap top. In addition to inspecting his car and the police station of Badie denied knowing about the arrest.

On Wednesday night of 31 of July 2013, “Hussien Habel”, had disappeared after being surrounded by several persons wearing a civil costume in the Airport of Bahrain while he was leaving to UAE. The security forces denied knowing the place of detention of the photographer.

ANHRI said: “arresting the photographers by the security forces and denying knowing their place of detention and not giving any information related to that, arouse suspicions regarding they suffered forced disappearance which arouse concerns about their life and destiny”....

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NYT: When Bahrain Said: Get Lost

NYT: When Bahrain Said: Get Lost | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

BAHRAIN, one of America's more repressive allies, tries to keep many journalists and human rights monitors out. I recently tried to slip in anyway.

The jig was up at the Bahrain airport when an immigration officer typed my name into his computer and then snapped to attention. "Go back over there and sit down," he said, looking at me in horror and keeping my passport. "We'll call you."

The Sunni monarchy in Bahrain doesn't want witnesses as it tightens its chokehold over a largely Shiite population. Almost every evening, there are clashes between the police and protesters, with both sides growing more enraged and violent.

Around 100 people have been killed since Arab Spring protests began in Bahrain in February 2011. I was in Bahrain then as troops opened fire without warning on unarmed protesters who were chanting "peaceful, peaceful."

The oppression has sometimes been nothing short of savage. Police clubbed a distinguished surgeon, Sadiq al-Ekri, into a coma - because he tried to provide medical aid to injured protesters. By all accounts, torture has been common.

In the larger scheme of things, Bahrain is a tiny country and maybe doesn't matter much to the United States. What nags at me is that this is a close American ally - assaulting people in some cases with American equipment - yet the Obama administration mostly averts its eyes. This is a case not just of brutal repression, but also of American hypocrisy. ...

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Former CNN reporter alleges CNN accepted money from Bahrain to ignore oppression

Former CNN reporter alleges CNN accepted money from Bahrain to ignore oppression | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Breaking here in the U.S. are allegations that CNN and its CNN’s international arm engaged in accepting money from oppressive Islamic nations such as Bahrain to promote flattering reporting instead of the oppression the regime has engaged in against its citizens. CNN International also denied showing a documentary about Bahrain and its oppression on its people. ....

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#Cartoon – @CNN whitewashing #Bahrain dictatorship

#Cartoon – @CNN whitewashing #Bahrain dictatorship | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Guardian: CNN and the business of state-sponsored TV news http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/sep/04/cnn-business-state-sponsored-news (Click on image to enlarge)...

 

http://is.gd/CyfhZT  ;  http://latuffcartoons.wordpress.com/

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Bahrain portion of iRevolution on CNN June 19 2011

Bahrain portion of iRevolution on CNN June 19 2011...
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Syria, Somalia, Bahrain--where fathers bury their sons

Syria, Somalia, Bahrain--where fathers bury their sons | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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In their effort to impose a media blackout of the uprising, Bahraini authorities have obstructed and harassed foreign journalists, making video footage from citizen journalists like the 22-year-old videographer Ahmed Ismail Hassan vital in informing news coverage of the unrest, CPJ research shows. Hassan was shot while filming a pro-reform protest on March 31 in Salmabad, a village southwest of the capital, Manama, according to local journalists and news reports. After the protest was dispersed by riot police with tear gas and rubber bullets, unknown assailants in a Toyota land cruiser began shooting live ammunition at the protesters, news reports said. Hassan was shot, and died in a hospital later that morning....

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No Media Reform in Bahrain

No Media Reform in Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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Finally, all the rhetoric of media cities and technological modernisation serves to highlight the importance of tools, as opposed to values or principles. Indeed, all this modernisation really means is that Bahrain will be better able to broadcast a selective intepretation of reality to more and more people around the world. Unfortunately, it is this ‘selective interpretation of reality’ that so many people are eager to define as ‘truth’. Yet as we are all probably aware, we have seen a multiplicity of truths emerge over the past year. People who are so eager to use the term truth, are often those who are eager to dispel an opposing truth. Thus using the word truth simply highlights its own contentious semantics, drawing more attention to the speaker’s ideology than reality itself. In many ways, truth is simply a word used to describe a specific narrative serving a particular ideological function. The announcement of a ‘media city’ is nothing to excited about. On the contrary, it represents how wealth and power gives those with wealth and power the ability to project their version of reality to a wider audience. This media city is merely a ‘ truth centre’, an Orwellian institution whose function serves not to inform, but to marginalize, deflect, deceive, dominate and censor.

 

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Bafta TV Awards 2012 nominees: Vote for 'Shouting in the Dark' !

Bafta TV Awards 2012 nominees: Vote for 'Shouting in the Dark' ! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Films about Bahrain, Sri Lanka, adoption and care homes are all up for the award - vote for the one you think should win...
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Bahrain releases photojournalist, Ahmed Fardan

Bahrain releases photojournalist, Ahmed Fardan | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The authorities in Bahrain have released a photojournalist who was detained last month, officials say.

Amnesty International said Ahmed Fardan was tortured during interrogation after being held on a charge of "intending to participate in gatherings".

The public prosecutor had ordered that he be detained for 45 days pending investigation on 1 January.

However, a government spokeswoman said Mr Fardan had been freed two days after a campaign demanding his release.

The photojournalist was reportedly arrested by plainclothes security personnel during a raid on his home in the village of Abu Saibah, west of the capital Manama, on 26 December.

He was then "held incommunicado at the Criminal Investigations Directorate in Manama, and during his interrogation was beaten until he passed out", having suffered two broken ribs, according to Amnesty.

The human rights group said Mr Fardan, who worked for the agencies Nur Photo, Demotix and Sipa, was detained solely for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression.

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‘Media blackout on Bahrain inexcusable’

‘Media blackout on Bahrain inexcusable’ | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

“There is a total blackout in the Western media on what is going on in Bahrain,” Saeed Shehabi, with the Bahrain Freedom Movement, said on Wednesday. 

“I believe that there is hidden agenda” with Western media which are totally ignoring the plight of the Bahrainis while concentrating on other places of interest to them,” he added, stressing that such policy “cannot be excused or understood.” 

The analyst went on to say that the Bahrainis have been persistent in their daily protests, which is indicative of their determination to get a political change in their country by themselves, without relying on the US and the West to change the situation. 

“The only thing they are asking the West to do is not to side, not to support, not to continue giving military and security support to this defunct regime,” he added. ...

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Report from Bahrain

Report from Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Reese Erlich: The uprising against monarchy grows more intense, mostly ignored by Western media
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Denial of justice and jail sentences for Bahraini news providers - Reporters Without Borders

Denial of justice and jail sentences for Bahraini news providers - Reporters Without Borders | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

 A Manama appeal court yesterday upheld journalist Reem Khalifa’s conviction on a trumped-up charge of physically attacking two women doctors and insulting a third after a Manama news conference in July 2011.

The charges were brought against Khalifa after she accused the three doctors, who are government supporters, of attacking and insulting her. She will have to pay a fine of 100 BD (210 euros) and a total of 500 BD in compensation to the doctors (BD 200 to each of the two she allegedly attacked and BD 100 to the one she allegedly insulted)

The appeal court’s decision is just the latest in a series of rulings that demonstrate the Bahraini judicial system’s complete lack of independence. The court did not examine the evidence provided by Khalifa’s lawyer....

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‘Bahrain buys favorable CNN content’ — RT

‘Bahrain buys favorable CNN content’ — RT | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

What CNN is doing is they are essentially creating what some people have termed “infomercials for dictators.” And that’s the sponsored content that they are airing on CNN International that is actually being paid for by regimes and governments. And this violates every principle of journalistic ethics, because we’re supposed to be watchdogs on these governments. We are not supposed to allow them to be a paying customer as journalists. And that’s the issue here – that CNN is feeding, then, this propaganda to the public and not fairly disclosing to the public that this is sponsored content.
For example CNN has been doing these programs for Georgia, Kazakhstan, also as we said Bahrain. One of the programs that they aired for Bahrain was called Bahrain i-List and had a CNN reporter Richard Quest lie from Bahrain for one full week. He was live at the racetrack at one point. There were mentions on his page about pearl diving and all the happy sides of Bahrain. But hard to find were the actual accusations from the majority of the Bahrain people that this regime needs to get out and that this regime is abusing and torturing doctors and journalists. Also difficult to find [were] accurate, simple disclosures on the CNN site and on this video telling viewers that this video you’re watching on this news channel – the most trusted name in news – is being paid for by this regime.”

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CNN is bought-off by AlKhalifa terrorists in Bahrain

CNN is bought-off by AlKhalifa terrorists in Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
On 19 June 2011 at 8pm, CNN's domestic outlet in the US aired "iRevolution" for the first and only time. The program received prestigious journalism awards, including a 2012 Gold Medal from New York Festival's Best TV and Films.

 

See 'iRevolution' subpart on Bahrain:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zB2DeZBgTEk 

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Meet Amber Lyon: Former Reporter Exposes Massive Censorship at CNN

Meet Amber Lyon: Former Reporter Exposes Massive Censorship at CNN | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

I saw first-hand that these regime claims were lies, and I couldn’t believe CNN was making me put what I knew to be government lies into my reporting.
- Amber Lyon

 

Back in March 2011, CNN sent a four person team to Bahrain to cover the Arab Spring. Once there, the crew was the subject of extreme intimidation amongst other things, but they were able to record some fantastic footage. As Glenn Greenwald of the UK’s Guardian writes in his blockbuster article from today:

In the segment, Lyon interviewed activists as they explicitly described their torture at the hands of government forces, while family members recounted their relatives’ abrupt disappearances. She spoke with government officials justifying the imprisonment of activists. And the segment featured harrowing video footage of regime forces shooting unarmed demonstrators, along with the mass arrests of peaceful protesters. In sum, the early 2011 CNN segment on Bahrain presented one of the starkest reports to date of the brutal repression embraced by the US-backed regime.

Despite these accolades, and despite the dangers their own journalists and their sources endured to produce it, CNN International (CNNi) never broadcast the documentary. Even in the face of numerous inquiries and complaints from their own employees inside CNN, it continued to refuse to broadcast the program or even provide any explanation for the decision. To date, this documentary has never aired on CNNi.

 

In March 2012, Lyon was laid off from CNN as part of an unrelated move by the network to outsource its investigative documentaries.

“At this point,” Lyon said, “I look at those payments as dirty money to stay silent. I got into journalism to expose, not help conceal, wrongdoing, and I’m not willing to keep quiet about this any longer, even if it means I’ll lose those payments.”

 

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Bahrain Cracks Down on Social Media, Arresting Activists and Proposing New Laws | Electronic Frontier Foundation

Bahrain Cracks Down on Social Media, Arresting Activists and Proposing New Laws | Electronic Frontier Foundation | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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It is this regime which  has labelled those killed by torture as drowning victims . They have labelled those being killed by security forces as  sickle cell victims  and they have used PR BullSh*t to completely distort the true picture of Bahrain. This cannot be tolerated. The rule of law shall prevail.

....Send the Al-Khalifas to the ICC for judgement"

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[Samira Rajab is such a propagandist troll ! ]

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Bahrain Denies Entry for International Freedom of Expression Delegation | Freedom House

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“The Bahraini government maintains publicly that it is trying to return the country to normalcy after last year’s revolt, but this is impossible as long as due process and basic human rights are denied to its citizens and human rights defenders,” said David J. Kramer, president of Freedom House. “Turning away international observers at this time seriously undermines the credibility of the government’s stated commitment to reform.”

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Channel 4 News team 'mistreated' in Bahrain

...Fears quickly grew for the fate of the driver, who was violently attacked by police before being taken away separately. The channel's head of foreign news, Ben de Pear, has urged Britain's foreign secretary to raise the way in which he was treated with Bahrain.

Responding to a tweet from the minister, who had expressed concern over the fate of the team, he said: "The police treated the driver badly. I trust these are issues brought up in consultations."

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