I am cross-posting this video to show my contempt for Pakistan’s military establishment which provided mercenaries via Fauji Foundation to kill and persecute pro-democracy protesters in Bahrain. I also wantto condemn those Pakistani writers and analysts (Tarek Fatah, Urooj Zia, Dr Awab Alvi, Abdulaziz Khattak, Saba Imtiaz, Faisal Kapadia) who recycled Pakistan’s military establishment’s and Saudi Arabia’s joint propaganda to justify the oppression of pro-democracy protesters in Bahrain.
For an impartial perspective from Pakistan, read Hasnain Magsi’ post on LUBP titled “Sectarianism and racism: The dishonest narratives on Bahrain”.
Al Jazeera documentary offers a story of the pro-democracy revolution in Bahrain that was abandoned by the Arabs, forsaken by the West and forgotten by the world.
According to Al Jazeera “Bahrain is an island kingdom in the Arabian Gulf where people fighting for democratic rights broke the barriers of fear, only to find themselves alone and crushed.”
This is their story and Al Jazeera is their witness – the only TV journalists who remained to follow their journey of hope to the carnage that followed.
Review from the Huffington Post
On February 16, 2011 thousands of demonstrators hit the streets of Bahrain to protest against the ruling Khalifa family. In the wake of protests in Tunisia and the revolution in Egypt, many felt that Bahrain, too, was ready for reform. On February 21st, a quarter of the Bahraini population came out on the streets and gathered in the Pearl-roundabout.
Yet what followed was a brutal government crackdown on a peaceful civilian movement, that resulted in massive killings and arrests.
On Wednesday, Al Jazeera aired “Shouting In The Dark,” an astonishing account of the pro-democracy protests in Bahrain. The film follows the unraveling of the Bahraini revolution from its first days in February 201 and documents the the ruthless handling of the uprising by government, military and police.
Filmed by an undercover film crew, “Shouting In The Dark” gives a rare insight into an uprising that was hidden for the world, banned from the camera’s, unaccessible to foreign press. The cameras catch protesters being teargassed, beaten and shot. After the February 16-demonstrations, men are lying on the street, some unconscious, others bleeding. An order from the Ministry of health forbade doctors and ambulances access to the scene.
Yet according to Al Jazeera, the crackdown took place as much through the media as on the streets. The network found that during the Saudi invasion, the government disabled cell-phones in anticipation of the army clearing the roundabout. The film narrates how national television launched a campaign to “name and punish prominent Bahraini’s.” A presenter called a national football star on television and shamed him on tv.
Facebook, too, became a site to name and shame anti-government protesters. Pages such as “Together to unmask the Shi’a trators” asked Bahrainis to disclose the names and workplace of those who participated in the protests, “and let the government take care of the rest.”
“State agencies appeared to have used these sites to solicit evidence from the public,” Al Jazeera says.
As time passed, the repression gained in brutality. Doctors who spoke out on what they had seen were jailed and tried, accused of fabricating injuries. Prisoners were killed without trial. In April, the Bahraini government started a campaign to destroy Shi’a mosques. A journalist who went to a local police station to report his home had been raided was tortured to death, Al Jazeera reports.
Bahrain protests to Qatar over al-Jazeera film
Doha-based news channel under fire over documentary showing how Facebook was used to target pro-democracy activists
Bahrain has protested to its neighbour Qatar about a film produced byal-Jazeera, the Doha-based satellite TV channel, which highlights continuing anti-government protests by Bahraini Shias. Bahraini papers attacked “lies and slanders” in the 50-minute documentary, which shows how Facebook was used to target pro-democracy activists – “unmasking Shia traitors” – and catalogues human rights abuses by the regime.
The film was shown on al-Jazeera English, not its sister Arabic channel, which has been attacked for pulling its punches in coverage of the unrest in Bahrain compared with its sympathetic approach to revolutions in Egypt, Tunisia and Syria.
Khamis al-Rumaihi, a pro-government Sunni MP, alleged a “hidden agenda” and accused al-Jazeera, owned by the emir of Qatar, of trying to foment unrest and undo the benefits of Bahrain’s national dialogue. Qatar, like the other members of the Gulf Co-operation Council, supported the Saudi-led Peninsular Shield military intervention in March, but unlike Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates did not send any troops.
Matar Matar, an al-Wifaq MP interviewed in the film and later jailed, was released from prison on Sunday pending his trial in a civilian court.
Until now the Bahraini government has been far more exercised by al-Alaam, the Iranian government’s Arabic-language channel, which is widely watched by Bahraini Shias and makes no secret of its hostility to the Al Khalifa dynasty. Bahrain has also attacked al-Manar, the TV channel of Lebanon’s Hezbollah, for broadcasting propaganda.
Bahrain’s foreign minister, Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmad Al Khalifa, denied reports on Gulf websites that Bahrain was being urged by Saudi Arabia to sever diplomatic relations with Qatar. “Relations between Manama and Doha are larger and deeper than a negative television programme,” he wrote on Twitter.
Peter Clifford @PeterClifford1
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