Bahrain

Country Profile: Bahrain
Background The king of Bahrain undertook important reforms in 2001-2002, but freedom of expression, assembly, and association are still subject to arbitrary restrictions.Human Rights Watch, “Bahrain: Events of 2007,” January 2008, http://www.hrw.org/legacy/englishwr2k8/docs/2008/01/31/bahrai17594.htm. The long-running tensions between Bahrain's Sunnis and the Shia...
ONI Blog: Reporters Without Borders Releases "Enemies of the Internet" Report
Last week on World Day Against Cyber Censorship, Reporters Without Borders released this year's "Enemies of the Internet" report. Among the newest additions to the list are Bahrain and Belarus, both of which had been under surveillance but had not...
ONI Blog: Threats to the OpenNet: May 6, 2011
Every week, the OpenNet Initiative provides a weekly news roundup (dubbed "Threats to the Open Net") in addition to our usual in-depth blog posts. If you would like to subscribe to the RSS feed for our newsreel, our entire blog,...
Report: West Censoring East: The Use of Western Technologies by Middle East Censors, 2010-2011
March 2011 Authored by Helmi Noman and Jillian C. York. To view this bulletin as a PDF, click here. Executive Summary The OpenNet Initiative has documented network filtering of the Internet by national governments in over forty countries worldwide. Countries use this network filtering...
ONI Blog: Bahrain, Tunisia Filtering Individual Twitter Pages
Over the past few weeks, reports have trickled in to Herdict and via Twitter, alerting us of the filtering of individual Twitter pages in Tunisia and Bahrain (as well as, possibly, China). In Tunisia, the accounts of exiled activist Sami...
Report: Internet Filtering in Bahrain in 2006-2007
PDF Version Note: a newer version of this profile is available at Country Profiles: Bahrain. Overview Bahrain is one of the most connected countries in terms of the Internet in the Middle East and maintains a liberal Internet filtering regime relative to the...
ONI Blog: Website Blockings in Bahrain
A new government crackdown by Bahrain’s Ministry of Information has led to the blocking of over 60 websites ranging from Google Translate to social, political, religious, and human rights sites, according to the Bahrain Human Rights Society and Global Voices Online,...
Report: Internet Filtering in Bahrain in 2004-2005
PDF Version 1. Executive Summary 2. Political, Technical, and Legal Context in Bahrain A. Sensitive / Controversial Topics for Media Coverage B. Internet Infrastructure and Access C. Legal Background 3. Testing Methodology A. Methods B. Results Analysis C. Methods Specific to...
ONI Blog: Internet Filtering in Bahrain in 2004-2005
The OpenNet Initiative’s testing of more than 6,000 sites in Bahrain revealed only eight sites blocked. Three were pornographic; the others covered political and religious topics. In each case, sites with similar content remained accessible, and altering the requested URL slightly made...