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21-07-2011

Oman Tribune

An international rights group called on Bahrain to stop harassment and intimidation of reporters critical of the government, which crushed weeks of protests earlier this year.

 

The US-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said in a statement released late on Tuesday that it had documented cases of two journalists dying in custody and many others being detained or assaulted in the kingdom.

 

"Bahrain's government has a responsibility to protect journalists from those who resort to threats of violence, intimidation, or fabricated criminal charges to influence coverage," said Mohamed Abdel Dayem, CPJ's regional programme coordinator.

Despite a national dialogue launched in July, small protests have erupted daily in villages near the capital.

 

On Sunday, a local journalist was summoned by public prosecutors over accusations that she hit a woman who had joined pro-government supporters in breaking up a news conference held by an Irish delegation investigating rights abuses against medics.

 

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