Kingdom of Bahrain Blocks Access to Opposition Internet Sites
Bahraini Authorities have blocked access to several opposition and other internet sites which they claim have been inciting sectarianism and carrying offensive content. Bahrain's Information Minister, Nabeel Yacoub al-Hamer, said that three or four sites were affected.
He stated that access might be permitted again if changes were made to their content.
“We welcome and are open for criticism, but we don't accept offences or inciting sectarian strife," he made clear, according to a BBC report.
Bahraini opposition sources said that at least four sites had been blocked, including that of the London-based Bahrain Freedom Movement.
Meanwhile, a Shia Muslim opposition representative told Reuters that the move "stains the good image of Bahrain" and called upon the ministry to reconsider its decision and reopen the web sites.
However, al-Hamer said, "Many opposition (leaders) contacted the Information Ministry and promised that they will abide by the rules."
The Kingdom is due to have its first parliamentary elections in 27 years in October.
King of Bahrain, Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, began a series of landmark political reforms last month. The King has also set May 9th as the date for local elections that will see women running for office for the first time in that country. Analysts say the reforms are aimed at healing rifts between Bahrain's Sunni Muslim ruling family and the Shia Muslim majority. (Albawaba.com)
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