Bahraini Websites Must Register

Register or face legal action…

Webmasters face prosecution if they defy new rules announced by Bahraini authorities. All Bahraini websites set up here or abroad must register with the Information Ministry or face legal action, it was declared yesterday.

A six-month campaign is being launched next Monday to register all Bahraini websites, under orders from Information Minister and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr Mohammed Abdul Ghaffar.

…websites would face similar laws to newspapers, related to libel, public decency and ethics.

Just as a newspaper editor-in-chief is held responsible for what he publishes, so will the webmasters be…

[Source: Gulf Daily News]

Well even though this could have been great news if the goal behind it was to empower bloggers and give them more rights, it’s actually really bad news.

The purpose behind this move is an obvious attempt by the Bahraini government to keep a leash on Bahraini bloggers, track everyone and hold them accountable for their opinions.
We’ve already seen the kind of rights the people who were found out got.

It’s really a shame to see something like this happening. And what’s even worse is that we could see moves like this propagating across the Arab world.

Mahmood is proposing a plan of action against these rules.
I totally support the Bahraini bloggers’ cause and wish them the best of luck in putting an end to this madness. It’s a common cause for us all.

[Via: Mahmood’s Den, Savior Machine]

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