You can read 9 more articles this month
PROMINENT Bahraini lawyer and campaigner Abdullah Hashim was charged by authorities for posting “seditious” social media posts and publishing “fake news reports” yesterday.
Bahrain’s Public Prosecutor issued a statement announcing the arrest of an unnamed individual over “misuse” of social media intended to “harm the public order.”
Mr Hashim confirmed that he had been summoned and tweeted: “It is likely to be related to my Twitter activities regarding cases related to our national and social issues.”
The Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (Bird) spoke to a lawyer who confirmed that authorities had ordered the detention of Mr Hashim for a week, pending investigations.
Bahrain’s crackdown on social media accounts has intensified since 2017. Last July, Bahrain’s interior minister issued a statement saying he would punish individuals who use social media to “instigate disturbances and sedition.”
Bird spokesman Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei said: “Once again Bahrain shows no tolerance for freedom of expression. This time its victim is a prominent corporate lawyer who dared to speak his mind about human rights and politics in the country.
“Bahrain’s allies in London and Washington must not remain silent on this injustice and should demand Abdullah’s immediate and unconditional release.”
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by joining the 501 club.
Just £5 a month gives you the opportunity to win one of 17 prizes, from £25 to the £501 jackpot.
By becoming a 501 Club member you are helping the Morning Star cover its printing, distribution and staff costs — help keep our paper thriving by joining!
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by become a member of the People’s Printing Press Society.
The Morning Star is a readers’ co-operative, which means you can become an owner of the paper too by buying shares in the society.
Shares are £1 each — though unlike capitalist firms, each shareholder has an equal say. Money from shares contributes directly to keep our paper thriving.
Some union branches have taken out shares of over £500 and individuals over £100.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by donating to the Fighting Fund.
The Morning Star is unique, as a lone socialist voice in a sea of corporate media. We offer a platform for those who would otherwise never be listened to, coverage of stories that would otherwise be buried.
The rich don’t like us, and they don’t advertise with us, so we rely on you, our readers and friends. With a regular donation to our monthly Fighting Fund, we can continue to thumb our noses at the fat cats and tell truth to power.
Donate today and make a regular contribution.