Bahrain quickly releases US journalists, but local reporters remain imprisoned

On Sunday February 14, Bahraini authorities arrested four American journalists including Anna Therese Day during the protests that marked the fifth anniversary of the 2011 mass pro-democracy uprising. Bahraini authorities detained them “as a result of their involvement in criminal acts, and because one was concealing his face at the time of his arrest.” Authorities[…]

Two New Censorship Laws from Kuwait’s Parliament

This week, Kuwait’s parliament passed two new laws increasing the government’s power to censor internet media and restrict free expression. On Monday, lawmakers decided that a jail term of up to ten years would become the official punishment for a range of online expression. Then on Tuesday, the parliament passed an additional bill regulating all[…]

Another Case of Censorship in Saudi Arabia and the UAE

The United Arab Emirates follows Saudi Arabia and Egypt in blocking access to a Qatari website called The New Arab. According a to a spokesman for Al-Araby al-Jadeed, the media outlet that runs the website, The New Arab is intended as a forum for open discussion and exchange of ideas in the Middle East. The[…]

NGOs Condemn Imprisonment and Nationality Revocation of Photographer Sayed Ahmed al-Mousawi

إضغط هنا لنسخة عربية 25 November 2015 – Award-winning photographer Sayed Ahmed al-Mousawi was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison and had his nationality revoked, along with 12 others, after covering a series of demonstrations in early 2014. Security forces detained Al-Mousawi for over a year without trial or official charges, accused him of being a part[…]

ADHRB Condemns Government Closure of Bahraini Newspaper

7 August 2015 – Shortly before midnight yesterday, Bahrain’s Information Affairs Authority (IAA) announced the temporary suspension Al Wasat newspaper, Bahrain’s only semi-independent newspaper on Thursday, “until further notice.” Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) and the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) condemn the government’s latest attack on free speech[…]