IFJ Condemns Closure of Al Wasat Newspaper


The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has condemned, in a report released on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, the refusal of Bahraini government to lift a ban on Al Wasat newspaper which led to its closure this week.


The Federation, which represents 180 journalists unions and associations globally, also called on “the Bahraini government to stop its policy of curtailing diversity in Bahraini media and intimidating independent journalists”.


IFJ General Secretary Anthony Bellanger said: “We strongly condemn the refusal of the Bahraini government to lift the ban on Al Wasat newspaper which has forced its closure. The government must be held responsible for the loss of these jobs and the further narrowing of the space for independent journalism”.

To read the full statement, click here.