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May 15, 2013

"Misusing the right of free expression"

In Bahrain "misusing the right of free expression" includes insulting King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa (1 year imprisonment), "insulting members of the majority Sunni community," and "insulting the security forces." One wonders what the "right of free expression" is for in Bahrain.

"Bahrain is home base to the US Navy's Fifth Fleet and is also a major offshore financial and services centre for its Arab neighbours in the oil-rich Gulf."

Wikipedia article about Bahrain. An interesting history of being tossed back and forth between regional and global powers, during which there was never any real "right of free expression." The article says human rights improved from 1999 to 2007, and then things went back to normal.

Filed under Libertarianism | permalink | May 15, 2013 at 09:09 AM

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