Bahrain Press Association
Reporters Without Borders
David E. Lowe
National Endowment for Democracy
Since the March 2011 Arab Spring revolutions, protests have swept Bahrain, causing a significant decline in freedom of expression. This resulted in an increase of threats against media professionals, mass dismissals of journalists from the country, and rising levels of government control over the media. According to Reporters Without Borders, the government regularly obstructs the work of journalists and refuses to license independent television and radio channels, making it nearly impossible for independent media to function. The Bahrain Press Association’s 2012 Annual Report, Silence is a War Crime, looks at the many struggles for independent media and freedom of expression in Bahrain. Panelists discussed the overall media landscape in Bahrain, examined the government’s control of the media, and provided recommendations for improving the situation for independent media in Bahrain.