Tuesday, March 01, 2005

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Another website manager has been summonded before the General Prosecutor tomorrow. And further websites have been blocked: www.alduraz.net and alduraz.com (although they missed a few other domains which I will not mention just in case the big bad monster is reading-BBM). Seems like it isnt just a BahrainOnline vendetta now, BBM has it's eyes set further.

A good question that needs to be asked is why has BBM decided to clampdown on the internet now? Is it to detract attention from the Committee set to implement the proposals of the Constitutional Conference which met a few weeks back? Or is it to hose down the furore enraging Samira Rajab's tactless comments? More likely the former. If anything though, this is only more likely to raise the calls for the return of the 1973 constitution that Bahrainis have been calling for since 1975, which was again hijacked by the King in 2002.

Posted by BB @ 3/01/2005 09:27:00 PM

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Asides from the constitutional conference, the UN discrimination conference in Geneva is dues to take place early this month (to which the BCHR is submitting a condemning shadow report), and the Committee for the Unemployed was also due to kick off its series of protests this weekend.

I guess BBM wasn't in the mood for his exams, so he set off the school fire alarm at the last minute.

Posted by Blogger Chanad @ 3/01/2005 10:25:00 PM #
 

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Posted by Blogger Chanad @ 3/01/2005 11:20:00 PM #
 

i just wanted to point out that the report in today's issue of the GDN has an incorrect website address, its bahrainonline.org and not bahrainonline.com

Posted by Blogger Angelo Embuldeniya (Strav) @ 3/02/2005 05:20:00 AM #
 

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Posted by Blogger SillyBahrainiGirl @ 3/02/2005 11:29:00 AM #
 

Great to see the way the conspiracy theories coming out on this are going.
Let's compile them together in ONE place... and then keep an eye on which one was the most likely...
Another silly idea.

Posted by Blogger SillyBahrainiGirl @ 3/02/2005 11:30:00 AM #
 

A good question that should be raised is if the general prosecution has a case. My interpretation to section 68 of the press law (see below) suggests that the general prosecution does have a case unfortunately.

The press law can be found on VOB web site: http://www.vob.org/arabic/truth/truth46.htm

Press Law section 68.
Without prejudice to any stricter penalty provided for in the law of Penalties or any other law, a penalty of no less than six months imprisonment shall be imposed on publishing what contains one of the following acts:

B- Questioning the king by criticism or directing blame to him for any act of the government, or holding him accountable.

مادة (68) : مع عدم الإخلال بعقوبة أشد ينص عليها قانون العقوبات أو أي قانون آخر ، يعاقب على نشر ما يتضمن فعلا من الأفعال الآتية بالحبس مدة لاتقل عن ستة أشهر
أ ) التعرض لدين الدولة الرسمي في مقوماته و أركانه بالإساءة أو النقد

ب ) التعرض للملك بالنقد ، أو إلقاء المسئولية عليه عن أي عمل من أعمال الحكومة


Furthermore, the press law also includes in section 75 any telecom equipment (including the internet) that could be used to send offensive messages. However, the law does not implicitly suggest who would be held responsible on the offensive messages. Would it be the owner of the web site or its members?

On November 2003 there was a suggestion of a bill for 2003 regarding the organization of press, printing and publications released by the Shura Council ( can be found here: http://www.shura.gov.bh/en/default.asp?action=article&id=72 )

The suggestion in Subject (1) rewrites section 68 and excludes the King and the government and gives the people the right to criticise them. I am note sure if the suggestion has been approved.

Posted by Blogger Bahraini by nature @ 3/02/2005 01:55:00 PM #
 

Section 68 can stay. Sections 70 and above effectively annull any constitutional promises and must be the focus of any efforts to preserve the freedom of expression.

Posted by Blogger Desert Island Boy @ 3/02/2005 04:20:00 PM #
 
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