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The Pen Is Mightier than a Kalashnikov

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AHMAD ALKHUZAM WRITES – Justice could also be served, however at a smaller worth to the criminals than anticipated.

The Related Press reported October 27 {that a} Bahraini court docket had lower the sentences — from seven years down to a few — of two cops convicted of killing journalist Abdul Karim Fakhrawi. Fakhrawi was a co-founder of AlWasat, Bahrian’s main opposition newspaper. In response to AlWasat, Fakhrawi went to a police station on April 3, 2011 to query cops concerning the raiding of his dwelling. He then went lacking for 9 days and was reported useless on April 12.

The federal government-funded Bahraini Unbiased Fee for Inquiry (BICI) confirmed in its November 2011 report that the cops had tortured Fakrawi, leading to his demise.

AlWasat, established in late 2002, is the primary newspaper containing opposition viewpoints. It was ranked in 2010 by Forbes Center East as quantity 15 within the high on-line newspapers within the Center East. Additional, the Committee to Defend Journalists offered the newspaper’s Editor-in-Chief its annual Worldwide Press Freedom Award in 2011. The newspaper started to peak in recognition throughout the starting of the rebellion, and the federal government has tried to close it down fully on the premise of offering “false info.” The present King launched reforms allowing AlWasat to proceed working, just for it to turn out to be the most well-liked newspaper with 60,000 each day readers.

Because the regime quickly found that the pen is really mightier than the sword, it started terrorizing writers and journalists to restrict the general public’s publicity to unflattering tales concerning the authorities. Fakhrawi fell sufferer to such follow. It’s unsettling that the punishment for this case has been decreased. However the authorities ought to remember that killing a author might make his columns resonate within the minds of the individuals for eternity.

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