first_img Receive email alerts Follow the news on Bahrain Tenth anniversary of Bahraini blogger’s arrest Help by sharing this information March 12, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Bahrain News Organisation to go further Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives RSF_en Bahrain has one of the region’s highest levels ofInternet penetration, alongside Qatar and theUnited Arab Emirates. However the strugglelaunched by the government against sectarianismhas limited access to some websites. Theinformation ministry, with whichwebsites have had to register since2005, on 14 January 2009 orderedthe country’s access providers toblock some political and commercialcontent, specifying that it alonehad the power to go back on thedecision.Since then, websites that provide help in gettinground censorship have also been inaccessible.As a result, Internet users cannot go on to somepages on social networking sites such as Facebook,seen as critical of government policy,along with 66 other websites dealing withhuman rights or politics. The information ministryhowever conceded that some blocking didresult in “technical errors”.In order to fight censorship, Bahraini bloggershave devised their own code of ethics, finalisedon 14 August 2008. This code of conductshould help limit proliferation of incitement tohatred online. The code says, “We reject all writingor allusions containing a sectarian message,incitement to hatred, abuse of freedom of worshipor belief”.While a new draft law is under discussionallowing the authorities toshut down websites without recourseto the courts, the governmenthas decided to strengthen itspolicy of holding on to people’s personaldetails in the name of nationalsecurity. Bahrain’s Telecommunications RegulatoryAuthority (TRA) on 25 February 2009launched a public charter for Internet regulation.Aimed at operators authorised to provide Internet,it will define technical methods needed to“guarantee national security”. Under this charter,and also article 78 of the telecommunicationslaw, operators must offer “legal andsecure” Internet access. They also have the obligationto allow “security organs to access thenetwork for national security reasons”. Theyhave until 26 March to make any representationsto the authorities.center_img News BahrainMiddle East – North Africa News BahrainMiddle East – North Africa March 17, 2021 Find out more June 15, 2020 Find out more News October 14, 2020 Find out more German spyware company FinFisher searched by public prosecutorslast_img

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