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Chan'ad Bahraini

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Here we go again?

Monday, February 28, 2005

This is totally unconfirmed, but a message has been posted on Montadayat.org claiming that Ali Abdulemam is going to be detained for a further 15 days. Apparently, he is being accused of violating the Press Law, spreading lies and provoking hatred towards the government. The forum message is also announcing a protest tomorrow (Monday 28th) in front of the Public Prosecutor's office at 3pm.

Will this be the birth of another goverment created superstar?


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Update (11:30am): Just wanted to confirm the statement above that Ali is being held in custody for upto 15 days. He is reportedly facing 5 specific charges:

  1. Defaming the royalty
  2. Inciting hatred towards the regime
  3. Publishing news to destabilize security ("تزعزع الأمن")
  4. Violating the Press Laws
  5. Violating the Communication Laws

Does anyone know where I can get a copy of the Press and Communication Laws?

And it seems that Ali is well on his way to superstardom. Check out these banners that are going around:

And click here to see some photos of Ali being taken somewhere in a police jeep last night.

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6 Responses to 'Here we go again?'


Blogger Angelo Embuldeniya (Strav) says:

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Anonymous Anonymous says:

Starv

Until we all know what the charges are perhpas we should hold our tempers in check a bit.

While odds are these charges are bullshit there is always the chance that they could have some merit. Freedom of Speech/Press does have its limits. Even in the US you can openly dissaprove of the government but the moment you advocate violence you have crossed the line. You can openly show your hatred for the President or other government officals if you want, but if you threaten them you will find yourself in jail. Threatening to overthrow the government as well will land you jail. Libel and slander while both have high thresholds are serious as well.

That being said this situation does not seem to pass the "sniff test". But since we don't yet know what the situation is 100% it is best to take a wait and see attitude. If it comes to pass that someone has had big brian fart over a little criticism then serious action needs to be taken and I am sure it will. Somehow I don't think this is the image that the most of the leadership or the people in Bahrain desire.    

Blogger Bahrania says:

Hi Chan'ad,

I dont like your insinuation that somehow Abdulemam is trying to get a 'martyr' or 'superstar' status out of this whole thing. Quite frankly, he deserves it for putting his neck on the line. This case isnt about a passing controversial statement made. It is about the culmination of everything that has ever been written on Bahrainonline since 1998.

So this isn't a 15 minutes of fame thing. So I suggest that you put ur suspicions away for now.    

Blogger Chanad says:
2/28/2005 01:12:00 pm

Bahrania, I didn't mean to insinuate anything of the sort, but I understand that my post isn't entirely clear on the point.

I wadn't suggesting that Ali is trying to be a "superstar". I was pointing to the fact that his supporters and commentators (you and I included) will obviously raise his profile, and that the government will have to deal with this,... as was the case during the Al-Khawaja case. And that this will hurt the image of the government much more than whatever it's trying to achieve by arresting Ali.    

Blogger sume says:
2/28/2005 03:08:00 pm

Was it because of something he said or something that someone else said on his website. I have no idea since I can't read Arabic.    

Blogger Bugs says:
2/28/2005 06:46:00 pm

Starv
the guy was just voicing his opinion he did not call for a revolution...    

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