To the barricades, bloggers: An update
: The jailed Bahraini bloggers have been freed, al Jazeera reports. No word on the fate of their online activities. [thanks, PJ Swenson]
Bahraini blogger Mahmood Al-Yousif says that the site’s been blocked again.
Yesterday they were asked to post BD 1,000 ($2,650) bail each to be released pending investigation and they were banned from travel.
Today we wake up to know that the Public Prosecutor said: “Aw shucks… ok, we’ll give them 1,000 dinars discount and we’ll let them out!”
Although the case has not been settled yet, the guys are out and at home. The GDN reports that the Public Prosecutor instructed Batelco to ban their site permanently… and here’s me thinking that that’s the Judiciary’s job rather than an investigative branch like the Public Prosecutor.
I blame the White Male Bloggers.
Yes, the charges are still there, so this shouldn’t be taken as vindication. Very similar to the trumped-up forgery charges against the Egyptian opposition leader Nour.
Want to follow an example of the power of blog-readers to get things done, on the fly? Track what’s happening with Sarmad vs. Parsons on http://roadofanation.com/blog/ . :)
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