SPECIAL REPORT SERIES by Lady Michelle Jennifer Santos – TSR Founder & Publisher and Strategy/Peace Negotiator with the UN Security Council Special Envoy to the Arab Nations
Oct 13, 2011 (TSR) – More than a dozen other journalists and photographers are thought to have been questioned by authorities over their coverage of the Bahraini unrest and could also face trial. Mansour Al-Jamry, editor-in-chief of the Bahraini newspaper of Al-Wasat, and three of his colleagues are given fines of 1,000 Bahraini dinars ($2,650) for publishing false and fabricated news during martial law imposed in the Gulf Arab state that defame the image of Bahrain abroad during the protests of last February and March. The newspaper itself was convicted of printing false information from March 25 to 29 in addition to the journalists publishing fake names of people who claimed to have been abused by the Bahraini police. The dates coincided with part of a government crackdown on pro-“democracy” demonstrators, most of them Shiite Muslims.
Bahrain, host to the U.S. Fifth Fleet, faced a wave of anti-government protests in February and March as mostly Shi’ite demonstrators demanded democratic reform. Some called for a republic and an end to the Sunni-led monarchy.
Bahrain’s rulers crushed the protests on March 16.
The Bahraini Supreme Criminal Court convicted the newspaper and fined Mansoor Al-Jamri and Walid Nuwayhid, the former editors-in-chief of the newspaper, Aqeel Mirza, former chief of the localities department, and Ali Al-Sharifi, journalist.
Al-Wasa is seen by Bahrain’s government as a mouthpiece for the Shi’ite Muslim-led opposition. The Bahraini authorities had previously shut down the newspaper last April, and forced its editors to resign. Al-Wasat resumed work again under ongoing restrictions by the authorities and security services.
The restrictions imposed on Al-Wasat and its journalist come as a part of the security campaign launched by the authorities against the opposition and human rights and Internet activists in Bahrain, following the intervention of the troops of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to repress the peaceful protests in the country. The court issued a bulk of sentences against journalists and activists, the last case being the endorsement of the sentences issued against 21 Bahraini activist, among of which Abdul-Jalil Al-Singace and Ali Abdul Imam, bloggers, and Abdul-Hady Al-Khawaja, rights activist, by the Appeal Court. Some of the sentences ranged up to life imprisonment.
Prosecutors accused al-Jamri of publishing false stories to incite fellow Shiites to rise against the Sunni Muslim-led government. Editor-in-chief Mansoor al-Jamri admitted to Bahraini authorities that he mistakenly published false information, blaming plotters in Saudi Arabia who he claimed had deliberately fed his newspaper inaccurate stories. Al-Jamry said the information was planted into the newspaper’s computer system and published inadvertently. During his trial, Jamry’s lawyer submitted “documents that proved that the source of the emails containing the fabricated news…all came from one single ISP address based in Saudi Arabia.”
This admission should be viewed with some suspicion, however, as previous reports of alleged detainee torture, abuse, and forced confessions have recently come out of Bahrain. The Bahraini military’s court sentenced some 20 medical professionals, including a number of doctors, to prison sentences of 10 to 15 years on charges of treating protesters who were injured in the military crackdown. These medical professional alleged that the Bahraini princess, Sheikha Noora bint Ibrahim al-Khalifa, beat them with sticks and a rubber hose, and gave electric shocks to the face with a cable.
Please note, the word is “alleged”.
In truth, these people were charged with the possession of weapons and ammunition, forcefully taking over control of Salmaniya hospital and its personnel, stealing medical equipment, and fabricating stories to disturb public security. The medical staff worked in the Salmaniya Medical Complex in the capital, Manama, and treated those injured in fighting between protesters and security forces after pro-democracy rallies started on 14 February. After the government crackdown in mid-March, doctors and nurses were accused of planning an armed insurrection in overthrowing the government.
The six who are sentenced 15 years of imprisonment:
Dr al-Iqri, Dr Asghar, Dr Ahmed, Dr Diwani, Dr al-Saffar, Dr al-Oraibi, Dr Ghassan, Dr Bassim, Al-Wedaie, Dr Nada.
Dr Ali al-Iqri
The paediatric orthopaedic surgeon was arrested by armed security forces on 17 March, reportedly while he was performing surgery in the operating theatre of Salmaniya Hospital in Manama. Trained at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, he is an activist who organized one of the pro-democracy protests earlier this year. Despite being released on bail in August, he was sentenced to 15 years in prison on charges which include “incitement to overthrow the government by force”.
Dr Rola al-Saffar
The head of Bahrain’s Nursing Society and Professor at the College of Health Sciences reportedly began a hunger strike in August in protest against alleged ill-treatment and torture in custody. She was detained in March after treating injured protesters at Salmaniya Hospital. She was released on bail at the end of August and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Dr Mahmood Ashghar
The consultant paediatric surgeon was also detained in March for allegedly instigating protests at Manama’s Pearl roundabout by making “provocative” speeches at Salmaniya Hospital. He has also been accused of briefing journalists on atrocities allegedly committed by Bahraini security forces against civilians who were being treated at the hospital during February’s protests. He has also been sentenced to 15 years in prison.
The nurse from Duraz was arrested earlier this year for allegedly treating an injured youth who had participated in the February protests.
Dr Abdulkhaleq al-Oraibi
The rheumatologist was reportedly arrested during a police raid on his house in the early hours of 1 April. The doctor, who had once considered running for a seat in Bahrain’s parliament, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison. He had criticized authorities who prevented medics from treating wounded protesters in February.
Dr Hassan al-Toblani
The head of Salmaniya Hospital’s intensive care unit has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Ali Salman, the leader of al-Wifaq, the main Shia political party, said that the medical professionals sentencing is “to send a message to [President] Obama” from within the royal family for calling on the Bahraini government to negotiate with al-Wifaq in September.
It is important to note that Jamry was a former opposition activist during the Shia uprising of the 1990s, returned to Bahrain in 2001 under a royal pardon.
The US response for all this? Al-Jamry was among four journalists awarded press freedom prizes by the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists last week.
Sound familiar? Does Egypt, Yemen, Libya, and Syria ring a bell?
But anyone who went through all this ordeal of being destabilized out of the blue will make you want to give them a spanking, right? So IF they were punished, they asked for it. Any government has the right to do that to dissidents and those who embarrass the nation and their government. These people talk about “democracy”, but they were not being truthful. They were being used by the West as puppets.
Look at Libya.
The only reason they lasted this long is due to the bogus NO FLY ZONE. If the member nations of the UN Security Council wake up and act responsibly, knowing that USA, France, Britain and NATO have abused and violated their mandate, we would have solved this peacefully by now. The world knows 95% of Libyans do not want regime change. Gaddafi is just a civilian with no political office since 1977. He is their Founding Father and Spiritual Guide, so to speak. It is unfortunate that UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon is not standing up against this like how Kofi Annan did with Iraq War. Instead, we hear a Post-Libya. The UN Security Council mandated all this based on LIES. We hope they are paying attention to what we have to say in our reports. We must return to honor and noble virtues of honesty, truth, justice, peace and fairness.
There is so many wrongs in that entire issue, we will tackle all this, layer by layer. For all of this are coming from ONE AGENDA, which means, it is the SAME PEOPLE.
A SNAPSHOT OF THE MEDIA LIE
Unfortunately for these people, we were involved in this upholding peace in Bahrain as well. We had problems with the sensationalist disinformation and lies done by the so-called pro-democracy media and the movement. We will show in the video reports what these medics and protesters did. For now, allow me to briefly entertain you what they showed all over the world with the mainstream media and the popular social networks they hail as the Arabspring platforms, Twitter, Youtube and Facebook.
Here is the infamous photo from Al Wifaq’s Twitter page: Young man stands peacefully in front of Bahraini military tank units. They then told the world that the Bahraini military responded with live fire ammunition to the young man. (Honestly, can the propagandists do something more original than the iconic picture of a man in front of military tanks during the fabricated Tiananman Square Massacre? It is so predictably boring. )
But what Al Wifaq and their Twitter Army didn’t tell the world that they used sensationalized tricks in all of their narratives about the pro-“Democracy” protesters being slaughtered and killed by Bahraini military. The world was fooled just like the ones they saw on TV about Egypt and Libya.
Allow me to assist the ones who are very loyal to whatever propaganda and disinformation the mainstream media feeds them. This second photo was not shown by Al Jazeera, CNN, BBC, Fox News, and every other network in the West (or even maybe anywhere). Therefore, my apologies if you are not used to non-flashy reporting, mostly based on TRUTH and unbiased perspectives.We don’t use unnecessary props like CNN and Al Jazeera wearing helmets for special effects while they do a report in a peaceful city where is no one shooting anywhere like in Libya.
This young man who was allegedly shot by the Bahraini military has no visible wounds and one splash of blood, in that range with several units behind him.
Here’s a little observation: I have not had tanks and several military people shoot at me at once, but based on my experience and what I do know, people who do get shot, do not look like that. I also highly doubt that the Bahraini military and police are incompetent in shooting at people in that close distance. So we are left with two hypothesis: Either this man is the actual Superman, or he is auditioning for a movie. He may pass for Hollywood with his make up blood, but not for those of us who deal with real geopolitical issues such as national and international security.
There is much to be rectified that has been caused by the mainstream media disinformation meant to breed distrust and instigate wars between nations, with of course the guilty government leaders we are all familiar with. These media organizations, journalists and even bloggers must be held accountable in being complicit to war crimes against Humanity. They have gotten away with many sins for many decades. Perhaps China and Russia with other nations can assist us in making this Nuremberg-like justice a reality.
Are there any nations out there who are fed up with the “regime change covert operations” yet and wish to join my little crusade? My gratitude to the al-Khalifa Royal Family for their diligence in continuing our peace (detective) work in Bahrain. This is a relief to the Bahrainis that has been inconvenienced by the Western plots. I urge the Arab nations to set aside differences and fight for Arab unity, and assist Libya by removing the NO FLY ZONE, UN SC 1973.
It is time to truly have global reform.
AUTHOR: Lady Michelle Jennifer Santos – TSR Founder & Publisher and Strategy/Peace Negotiator with the UN Security Council Special Envoy to the Arab Nations (Author BIOGRAPHY here.)
NOTE: To the people who wonder who I am and where I got my information, the only way for you to verify is you can ask the highest level executives and world leaders at the United Nations. My name is in the most highly classified papers. My UN mentor is a First Level Ambassador. It is the highest ranking ambassador and diplomat on the planet. His uncle was one of the founders of the United Nations. He was grooming me. I am very much an insider and these TRUTHS are being suppressed purposely.