Wednesday, March 02, 2005

See evil, hear evil, WRITE no evil

My sources tell me that around 30 names are on the police list of people to be summoned. The investigation is not as light as I thought, and now I can understand why they want to keep them in for 15 days. They are interrogated from 10-6 everyday, using the kind of tedious questioning that leaves them exhausted. Apparantly, the police have thousands of pages of printouts of every single article that has ever criticized the King on the site over the past few years. They are even trying to find out the identities of those who write behind pseudonyms and their emails. Although the charges are clear now, as elaborated by Bahraini Blog, under the Press law at least, its not difficult to see that even the blog your reading could be indicted. See comment made by Bahraini By Nature below:
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 or acts of the government.

This whole debacle has been swallowing up my thoughts over the past few days and never thought i'd turn into a full-time campaigner. Call me a pessimist, but I just have this gut feeling that his majesty has over-used his gracious royal decrees and that the guys face a custodial sentence this time round. They're strong and defiant men and will take whatever they get but somehow I'm saddened by the fact that they really have sacrificed their studies, mohammed and hussain will probably miss out this academic year, and one wonders if abdulemam will have a job to go back to. Meanwhile, many people in fear, take the ostrich approach and hope "it'll blow over".

Many people have been emailing asking for contacts in Bahrain. Here are a few useful ones:

Ahmed Arrayadh, head of the defence team: +97339664308
Abbas Omran, member of the Committee for the support of Bahraini prisoners of conscience, +97339875458

Posted by BB @ 3/02/2005 03:23:00 PM

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If they are trying to find out and charge the identities of those who write behind pseudonyms, then they should expect hundreds of people. If that happen then it will be a hot story for the Press freedom originations around the glob ;)

Posted by Blogger Bahraini by nature @ 3/02/2005 04:16:00 PM #

Congrats on the heading ;)
Good one!

Posted by Blogger SillyBahrainiGirl @ 3/02/2005 07:37:00 PM #
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