About Us

Bahrain Watch is a collective focusing on investigations, research, and analysis about Bahrain. We operate across five countries, including Bahrain, and work in four key areas: digital security, media and information control, economic corruption, and arms control. Our reports are timely, well-sourced and verifiable and can be employed by organisations and the public at large.

Since our founding, Bahrain Watch has uncovered corrupt practices, exposed targeted government surveillance against dissidents, shed light on practices of media censorship and information control, and stopped an unprecedented arms shipment to Bahrain.

Key Members

Ala'a Shehabi

Ala'a Shehabi is a Bahraini researcher and one of Bahrain Watch's co-founders. She has a PhD from Imperial College London, and is a former policy analyst at Rand Europe, and an economics lecturer at the Bahrain Institute for Banking and Finance. She is co-editor of Bahrain's Uprising published by Zed Books.

Bill Marczak

Bill Marczak is a PhD candidate in computer science at the University of California, Berkeley. He lived in Bahrain for four years prior to starting his higher education in the United States.

Marc Owen Jones

Marc Owen Jones is a PhD candidate in the School of Government and International Affairs at Durham University in the UK. His PhD thesis is on the different strategies of policing dissent in Bahrain. Marc lived in Bahrain for 14 years before moving to the UK to commence his higher education.

Fahad Desmukh

Fahad Desmukh is a freelance journalist based in Islamabad, Pakistan. His work has been published in PRI's The World, BBC World Service, Foreign Policy and the Guardian among others. He grew up in Bahrain and was among the first generation of bloggers in the country writing under the pseudonym "Chan'ad Bahraini."

John Horne

John Horne is a PhD candidate in visual culture at the University of Birmingham. His thesis is on the "Western" spectator and the Arab Spring. He is the community director of EA WorldView, where he is also a staff writer.

Reda Al-Fardan

Reda Al-Fardan is the Bahraini software developer behind Bahrain Map. A CPISP recipient, he received his BA in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge, and his MSc in Polymer Technology from Loughborough University. He was previously a risk analyst at Gulf International Bank before joining A.T. Kearney as a management consultant in the Gulf region.

Ahmed Ali

Ahmed Ali is an LLM Human Rights Law postgraduate at Cardiff University. He obtained his law degree at the same university and his current research concentrates on external intervention and interference within the framework of self-determination and international humanitarian law.

Ali Abdulemam

Ali Abdulemam is a renowned Bahraini blogger, and former prisoner of conscience. In 1999, he created the pro-democracy news website Bahrain Online, the nation's first free online forum for political and social debate. During the Government's crackdown in March 2011, Abdulemam was forced into hiding, and sentenced in absentia to 15 years in prison for "plotting a coup." He escaped to the U.K., where he was granted political asylum. Abdulemam is a 2011 Human Rights Watch Hellman/Hammet awardee, and the winner of the 2012 CEPOS Freedom Award.

Faten Bushehri

Faten Bushehri joined Bahrain Watch in June 2016 as the Monitoring and Outreach Officer. She is a freelance journalist and recently earned her Master degree in Media and Politics. She is currently based in Amsterdam. She represents Bahrain in the Netherlands by speaking at events and participating on panels. When she's not working on Bahrain she makes videos and works on refugee-related projects.

Assistant Researchers

Nazgol Kafai
Yousef Al-Saraf
Ali Alibhai


Bahrain Watch is mostly self-funded by its members. Members work on an unpaid voluntary basis.

Bahrain Watch has recently received a donation from the Cultures of Resistance, a grant from Hivos International, a grant from Access Now, and a grant from the Dangerous Speech Global Fund.

Work With Us

We are constantly striving to find new partners, collaborations, and volunteers. Please get in touch with us if you have an interesting project idea or want to work with us on any of our projects. Contact info@bahrainwatch.org