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Bahrain bans Al-Jazeera TV

Television station accused of “violating” professional norms, according to state news agency.

May 19, 2010 4:29 by

Authorities in Bahrain have banned Al-Jazeera television from operating in the kingdom for “violating” professional norms, reports

The Ministry of Culture and Information “decided to temporarily freeze the operations of the office of the Qatari satellite channel Al-Jazeera,” according to the BNA (the state news agency).

The report states the measure was in response to “violation of professional norms and not abiding by the laws and rules that regulate press and publishing.”

At present, the nature of the violations remains unclear.

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  1. loy boy on May 19, 2010 7:03 pm

    Word on the street: Because Aljazira interviewed some university students who claimed they earned less than 200 Bahrain Dinars salary. Pretty petty by the sound of it ….. But…
    For the Lady Minister to shut down a channel, unless their typical blind arrogance which generally deludes their reality got the better of her, then she would have to have some big backing or she would find herself out as all others have when they have boo boo’d.
    Now, as other blog comments suggest (Mahmood,tv) most think it has something to do with the shooting in the back of the Bahraini sailor by rather over zealous Qatari coast guards.
    I certainly wouldn’t be a protest over the Qatari legalization of abduction. Ala: Adam Jones.

  2. Anupama V. Chand on May 20, 2010 8:22 am

    Where is the freedom of press that the Arab World is always challenging its Western contemporaries about, saying we are getting as liberal here today as anywhere else in the world? What is the point of holding forums that rave about a free and developed media – like the just-concluded Arab Media Forum – when the only developments seem to be in the form of new digital gadgets? How can a reputed channel like Al Jazeera be expected to do a responsible job, if this is the kind of arm-twisting that goes on behind the scenes? We have always known that this is the sad truth, no reason has been given, although a recent report by the channel about the conditions of Bahrain’s laborers is supposed to have been responsible for the outrageous action of banning the channel. We stand with you Al Jazeera.

  3. OFiroz on May 20, 2010 9:44 am

    Freedom of speech is a joke in whole Middle East. Who ever prise the Kings and ministers will get boost, Ads and other benefits from the Government, otherwise shut down the channel or News paper without any valid reason!
    These people should learn from India, where the press is open to call a spade a spade.


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