Friday, March 04, 2005
MANAMA: The Bahrain government is planning to block Internet sites inciting hatred against prominent figures, ministers and leading officials, sources revealed last night. Batelco keeps blocking such sites from time to time for spreading rumours and hatred against the government. GDN
I actually think this could be a good first step - acknowledgement that 'hate' exists. Lets not kid ourselves here, government policy is one reason for this 'hate', the betrayal felt after the King backtracked on his promise for the return of the 1973 constitution in 2002 and the LEGACY of the State Security Law era that lasted for 25 years.You're not going to see any posters of the King hung anywhere near my forlorn village in the near future unfortunately.
Whichever way that comment maybe perceived, my unbalanced views and politically insensitive remarks would put this blog as an 'ideal candidate' for Batelco's 'Hate website' list if not for an arrest warrant. Im confident the latter option would not be used in my case - i'm far too well-dressed and a beard is simply not part of my attire! However assuming some bored Batelco employee does happen to stumble onto this site, then I just want to say that I won't be bothering with proxies enjoy the blog while you can!
On another front(1), anyone noticed the uncanny silence of the editorials in the local media? The press law seems to have these editors shivering in their pants already, after they were taken to court last time too. What was the outcome of the jamri case? Out of court settlement? Funny how some things get dusted under the carpet with a wink and a nod. Journalists challenging boundaries? They wouldn't be journalists if they did in this part of the world.
On another front(2), i'd like to take an opportunity to introduce a new blogger to the scene. How wonderful of him to choose this time to blog, just as some others were thinking of stopping! Emoodz says:
Not once had I doubted that my country will try to control my mind, not once had I doubted that I need to watch out what I think nor write online or off. Not once had I doubted that today, anyone and everyone who doesn’t agree with the government is a criminal that violates god knows how many constitutions.
Laws that were put to look good, yet ensure gaps to the prosecutors and hence allowing close and somewhat tight control whenever the push comes to shove. It was all rather obvious since the events of the 14th of February. A date that everyone in this country somehow managed to overlook, a date where the people of the entire country were fooled.
He asks why in a time were crime is rife, resources are still being wasted on cases concerning freedom of speech. Well, my answer is that the Ministry of Interior, Bahrain's Big Brother is still in full-force, the same policies, the same twisted people, spies, torturers working away at documenting every step and every word uttered. He may hide in the shadows at times, but he makes himself only too visible at times like the present. This is the crucial ministry that should be abolished if the King's reforms are to be given an incling of credance. No, instead, officials in this god-forsaken ministry that has only been good at instilling fear in the people, have been PROMOTED, given bonuses, and PROTECTED under law 56!!
It is high-ranking official from the 'da5iliya' (interior ministry) that are questioning Abdulemam and co. right now.