Homer has done some research into the charges that the BahrainOnline gang are facing. Go and read his post.
I was just thinking... the government's beloved Formula 1 Race will be taking place in just a month's time. What were they thinking when they decided to make these arrests? Were they hoping that they'd be able to wrap up the case before the race? With all the international media that will be in town, the Grand Prix will be the perfect place to hold demonstrations. I imagine that Shaikh Fawaz and others aren't too pleased with this crisis being created so close to the time of the race.
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Knightmare, in short, us English language bloggers have nowhere near the readership size that Arabic language forums such as BahrainOnline have. So, either the govt doesn't know about us, or they're not bothered about us because compared to the forums we are small fry (no pun intended).
But I imagine they've become aware of our presence in recent days, and it may be a problem in the future. Let's hope not.
First of all, I would hardly count Chanad's body of work as negative.
He's given credit where credit is due and not shirked from exposing public displeasure.
That's a hallmark of journalistic integrity.
Secondly, he and most of us bloggers have given the authorities little to no reason to come after us. I re-read the press law and realized that the operative word is "defame".
I'll need a technical translation and a scope of definition, since I think about it through the lens of English Common law or the American system of jurisprudence rather than the Arabic one. I scarce think that the Bahraini Blogging Community has persisted in depicting anyone negatively to the point of defamation. More often than not, we've highlighted the actions that certain individuals commit to defame themselves.
The scope of damage done is negligible to the point that the prosecution's case would be ridiculous.
Most of us bloggers, Mahmood especially are ready and eager to give the established regime credit when they are due it. Bahrain Online was different in that it took every opportunity to be a thorn in their side. I personally don't agree with it, a lot of it I found offensive and unnecessary. However, I firmly believe that for a progressive society to function, no entity must be allowed to regulate the marketplace of ideas. No harm, no foul.