Authorities block access to influential blog covering Bandargate scandal

first_img Follow the news on Bahrain BahrainMiddle East – North Africa to go further News News Tenth anniversary of Bahraini blogger’s arrest Receive email alerts News RSF_en BahrainMiddle East – North Africa Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves livescenter_img Organisation Access to one of Bahrain’s most influential blogs, http://mahmood.tv, which openly criticises government and parliament members and has of late being covering the “Bandargate” scandal currently shaking the country, was blocked yesterday.The blog’s author, Mahmood Al-Yousif, has nonetheless managed to move it to a new address, http://alyousif.tv/, which has not yet been blocked. The authorities already blocked several news websites on 26 October in a wave of censorship taking place less than a month before parliamentary elections.———————————————————-27.10.06Website blocked one month ahead of parliamentary electionsOn 26 October 2006, access to the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) website ( http://www.bahrainrights.org ) was blocked by Batelco, Bahrain’s main Internet service provider (ISP). This action may be linked to the website’s coverage of “Bandargate”, a political scandal involving the royal family and several Bahraini politicians.In March 2006, the Social Development Ministry threatened the directors of BCHR with disciplinary action if they did not stop their activities. The Cassation Court had ordered the centre’s closure on 22 February. Members of the organisation currently risk a prison sentence of up to six months and a 500 BD (approx. 1,045 euro) fine.The vice-president of BCHR, Abd al-Hadi al-Khawaja, was arrested in September 2004 after publishing an article in which he criticised Prime Minister Shaikh Khalifa al-Khalifa and denounced the country’s economic problems (see IFEX alert of 29 September 2004).The BCHR is a non-governmental organisation that promotes human rights in Bahrain. Its 26 founding members are doctors, lawyers and journalists. Abdulhadi Alkhawaja is the organisation’s current president.Seven other information and discussion websites have also been blocked in Bahrain by Batelco: http://www.montadayat.org – http://shaheedbh.com – http://www.ahraralbahrain.com – http://www.bahraintimes.org – http://www.alsaheefa.net – http://www.tubli.net – http://www.rezgar.comIn RSF’s latest ranking of press freedom, Bahrein was ranked 111th out of 168 countries.————-Create your blog with Reporters without borders: www.rsfblog.org Help by sharing this information March 17, 2021 Find out more German spyware company FinFisher searched by public prosecutors October 14, 2020 Find out more October 30, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities block access to influential blog covering Bandargate scandal News June 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Mojo barking mad at breeder’s insult

first_imgTwitter Print Advertisement WhatsApp Linkedin NewsLocal NewsMojo barking mad at breeder’s insultBy admin – September 10, 2009 789 center_img Facebook Previous articleCois Fharraige 2009 Win TicketsNext article‘Feuds brought to Elm Park’ – claim admin Local dog deemed not ‘worthy’ enoughMOJO, a winner at the recent Limerick Dog Show, was not considered ‘worthy’ enough by a county Antrim owner for breeding purposes. The owner of the Newfoundland dog was recently looking for a mate for her pet, but felt insulted when told that there were no dogs of that variety worthy of breeding in the Limerick region.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Mojo was purchased by his owner in Pallasgreen, and the Canadian Newfoundland breed was entered in numerous competitions, in which he often took first place.The animal was ‘top dog’ in a large breed category at this year’s Limerick Show in Patrickswell, and it was there that the pet owner met a dog groomer who told her that her 10-month-old pup could be a contender for championship shows.This prompted the owner, who also has a German Shepherd, to consider breeding the dog, and she and her husband began looking for a suitable mate. They got in touch with a breeder in Antrim.This breeder, who had previously entered dogs in Crufts, said a mate could not be provided as there were no Newfoundlands worthy of breeding from Limerick, and that it would be a waste of time to enter the dog in any competitions in other parts of the country where “the standard would be much higher”. The Limerick Post contacted Limerick Animal Sanctuary to find out if there was any foundation in this woman’s claims, and spokesperson Anne Kelly told us: “This is a totally unfounded claim, and there is no way she could know this to be true.“If the owner of the dog is still interested in breeding him, she should contact The Kennel Club to point her in the right direction, but this is a very weighty decision to make and shouldn’t be jumped into.“It’s generally not the best scenario to stud family pets as they change their behaviour. Also, Newfoundlands are quite costly to buy and tend to have large litters of puppies, so this may not be the best economic climate for it”. Newfoundlands are costly to buy. Emaillast_img read more