10-11 July 2017

BAHRAIN MEDIA ROUNDUP unable to attend the trial, the source said can be
having been at an interior appealed, was immediately
ministry hospital since his condemned by Bahraini and
health deteriorated in April. international human rights
He was detained a year ago. watchdogs.
Bahraini rights activist "This outrageous sentence Rajab, 52, was sentenced
Top Bahrain activist
Nabeel Rajab sentenced against someone speaking in absentia as he has been
sentenced to 2 years in
to two years in jail the truth exhibits the hospitalised since April,
brutality of the Bahraini said the Bahrain Institute
government and its heinous A Bahraini court on Monday for Rights and Democracy.
A Bahrain court sentenced crimes and that of its sentenced prominent
rights campaigner Nabeel kangaroo court," said Sayed It denounced the verdict,
human rights activist
Rajab to two years in jail on Al-Wadaei, director of saying Rajab had been
Nabeel Rajab to two years in
Monday, supporters said, advocacy at BIRD. sentenced "for speaking to
jail after finding him guilty
for allegedly making “false journalists" and that he had
of spreading "fake news", a
or malicious” statements In a January 2015 media "spent over a year in pre-
judicial source said.
about Bahraini authorities. interview cited by the trial detention, largely in
prosecution, according The source, quoted by the solitary confinement".
Authorities at Bahrain's to al-Wadaei, Rajab had official BNA news agency,
information affairs office said Bahrain's jails housed "His lawyers state he was
said Rajab was convicted "of
could not immediately political prisoners who were denied basic fair trial
disseminating false news,
be reached for comment. subject to torture. guarantees," the group said
statements and rumours
Bahrain has repeatedly in a statement.
about the internal situation
denied systematic rights Rajab was a leading figure
of the kingdom that would Read more
abuses. in a 2011 pro-democracy
undermine its prestige and
uprising which Bahrain
The Bahrain Institute for status".
crushed with
Rights and Democracy
The verdict, which
(BIRD) said Rajab had been Read more
situation inside Bahrain The Shia opposition
in a way “that undermines activist was convicted of
the prestige of the state,” "disseminating false news,
according to several human statements and rumors
rights groups closely about the internal situation
monitoring the case. Bahraini activist Nabeel of the kingdom that would
Rajab sentenced to 2yrs undermine its prestige and
Rajab’s case drew particular in jail for spreading status," a judicial source
Prominent Bahraini attention because he was 'false news' told the official BNA news
activist sentenced to 2 a leading figure in the tiny agency, as cited by AFP.
years prison island-nation’s 2011 Arab A prominent human rights
Spring protests, when tens activist has been sentenced The 52-year-old was
One of Bahrain’s most of thousands of Bahrainis, sentenced in absentia, as
to two years in jail after a
prominent activists was who are majority Shiite, took he has been hospitalized
Bahraini court found him
sentenced Monday to to the streets to demand a since April, according to the
guilty of spreading "false
two years in prison in a greater say in government Bahrain Institute for Rights
news" about the situation
verdict that rights groups from the Sunni monarchy. and Democracy.
inside the country. Amnesty
say is the latest in a years-
International has called it a
long crackdown on Amnesty International said The institute has denounced
“flagrant violation of human
dissent that has seen all Rajab’s verdict is “the latest the verdict, saying Rajab
political opposition groups shocking display of zero had been sentenced "for
disbanded and activists tolerance for freedom of Nabeel Rajab was sentenced speaking to journalists"
jailed or forced into exile. expression by the Bahraini earlier Monday over and that he had "spent
authorities.” television interviews in over a year in pre-trial
Nabeel Rajab was sentenced detention, largely in solitary
which prosecutors claim he
on charges related to TV Read more confinement."
disseminated rumors and
interviews he gave in
false information regarding
which prosecutors allege he Read more
Bahrain, AP reported.
disseminated rumors and
false news relating to the
10-11 July 2017

BAHRAIN MEDIA ROUNDUP The sentence is related and 2016.
to interviews he did with
television journalists in Mr Rajab has been in
2015. and out of prison since
2012 on charges related
Bahrain: Activist "Imprisoning Nabeel to his peaceful human
Nabeel Rajab jailed for Rajab simply for sharing Bahrain: two-year prison rights activism, and he’s
'fake news' his opinion is a flagrant sentence for human been banned from leaving
violation of human rights, rights activist Nabeel Bahrain since November
Human rights defender and an alarming sign that Rajab condemned 2014. Most recently he was
Nabeel Rajab has been the Bahraini authorities will jailed in June 2016 over
sentenced to two years go to any length to silence The sentencing of the tweets he made that alleged
in prison in Bahrain for criticism," said Salil Shetty, Bahraini human rights torture in a Bahraini prison,
"broadcasting fake news". Amnesty International's activist Nabeel Rajab to as well as voicing criticism
secretary general. two years in prison for of the killing of civilians in
A court ruled that he had criticising Bahrain in several the Yemen conflict by the
undermined the "prestige" According to the Bahrain TV interviews is the latest Saudi Arabia-led military
of the kingdom, the state News Agency, the head of shocking display of zero coalition. On 28 December,
news agency reports. the prosecution said the tolerance for freedom of a Bahraini court ordered
charges were "not related to expression by the Bahraini Rajab’s release, but the
Rights groups have human rights activities and authorities, Amnesty
condemned the decision as authorities refused to carry
did not affect the right to free International said today. this out - instead he was
an assault on free speech. opinion and expression".
Earlier today the High immediately re-arrested
Nabeel Rajab, who is Criminal Court in and taken into custody
president of the Bahrain Manama found Rajab in relation to his TV
Center for Human Rights, Read more guilty of “publishing and interviews. His trial began
also risks further jail time disseminating rumours and on 23 January.
for political tweets. false news” in relation to TV
Read more
interviews he gave in 2015
prominent human rights
activist Nabeel Rajab to
two years in prison today in
Bahrain," the release stated
on Monday. "We reaffirm
our previous calls for his
US Condemns Bahrain Bahrain’s security forces
Court Decision to Jail arrested Rajab on June 12.
Rights Activist for Two The incident took place on
Years the first day of the United
Nations Human Rights
The United States is Council's 32nd Session.
disappointed that a court in
Bahrain sentenced human Rajab was repeatedly
rights activist Nabeel Rajab sentenced to prison terms
to two years in prison, the in Bahrain for charges
State Department said in a related to anti-government
press release. criticism and organization
of public manifestations. He
The release explained that was released from jail in July
no individual should be 2015 after being pardoned
prosecuted or imprisoned by the king of the country
for exercising their human due to his poor health.
rights or fundamental
freedoms. Read more
"We are disappointed by
the verdict sentencing