So finally it happened! Journalists , human rights activitists, politicians,intellectuals, and plain old joes have all been arrested. It was only a matter of time before they grabbed an internet figure. Talk about choosing the right moment to start blogging!!!!
1-Abusing the royal entity 2-Instigating hatred to the regime 3- Spreading news that endangers security 4-Violating the Publishing Laws 5-Violating the Telecommunications Law
I don't think anyone needs to be told how ridiculous 1. and 2. sound. They are so broad that you can jail anyone in Bahrain. I have a suggestion: Why don't they arrest the person who ordered the arrest warrent for Abdul Emam? He more than anyone will instigate hatred to the regime. Does the government really believe that arresting him has helped its cause in anyway? You can silence a person by force, but you cannot gain his respect. How does this government expect any person to respect it, let alone like it if it continues acting the way it does? To gain respect you have to show that you're main enough to take other's viewpoints, not run off crying to your bully-backers whenever something that hurts your feelings is said. To gain respect you have be able to beat them fairly at their own game, not bend the rules and become judge jury and jailer to. I have lost my admiration for the government a long time ago. This event will only make more people turn their back away.
Where is the supposed freedom of speech that they keep trumpetting about? What's written in Bahrain Online is sometimes distasteful and vulgar, but is the correct response to ARREST THE MAN??? Is a moderator responsible for the words of more than 10,000 members? And where is the supposed "state based on institutions."??? I doubt that there has been a thorough investigation by an independent team and unbiased judge here. It is so obvious someone high up the ranks authorized this arrest. Until when will we keep living in a situation where the whims of a couple of people can spell arrests and jail for you and your family? When will this mentality of a supreme all-powerful overlord ordering whatever he pleases disappear?
Is anyone still fooled by the trappings of serious reform in Bahrain? The theory of "two-lines" within the royal family, one intent on reform and the other hell-bent on derailing it does not hold ground either. If there was a serious will for reform we would have seen changes a long time ago. We would have seen serious backing for new press laws. We would not have seen a U-turn on the promise of a purely-consultative Shura Council and of preserving the 1973 constitution. Above all, if there was a serious will then people would've developed respect and admiration for the government.
If the government wants respect, a good place to start is from a modified version of the Bahrain Online slogan: Respect, conditional on guaranteed freedom.