US-Supported Bahrain is Crushing Free Speech

Via ThinkProgress, Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab was arrested today for the crime of insulting the monarchy in a tweet. He is expected to be in jail for up to 3 months, but knowing the US-supported Bahraini regime’s penchant for torture, Rajab could be in real trouble.

Rajab, who heads up the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights and leads pro-democracy demonstrations, has faced a bevy of legal troubles this year for a tweet calling for the Prime Minister — a member of the royal family — to step down. “Normally the charge of insult leads to just a fine. So for me [the prison sentence is] a surprise,” Rajab’s lawyer said. The U.S. government stood up for Rajab when he was beaten by Bahraini security forces in January. Here’s a cell phone video of Rajab being arrested by masked police today posted by EA WorldView:

Rajab appeared on Julian Assange’s RT show in May. See here, here, and here for more of’s recent coverage of Bahrain.

3 thoughts on “US-Supported Bahrain is Crushing Free Speech”

  1. Let's see if "Human Rights Watch" and "Amnesty International" Crow over this like they did Syria last week……

    I'm guessing they won't.

  2. These two organization are the entity of the US and EU government, they show off, themselves when they are told to do the propaganda for their governments. Otherwise they have no legal power nor they are there to protect anyone but talk about and get paid by millions from those who supports the. These two are simply a mucky and just talk when is good for them, otherwise you don't hear from them calling for Julian Assange to be released, or for that matter Mr. Rajab.., do you….?

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