Posted by & filed under AmanTech, Spy Watch.


Since I received a digital spyware programme in my inbox last year, which my colleague Bill Marczak discovered to belong to the FinFisher suite of digital surveillance programs made by Gamma International, we at Bahrain Watch have worked to achieve several things: to investigate what this technology can do and where it is being used to… Read more »

Posted by & filed under Access Denied, Media and Information Control.


  For the second consecutive time, the Bahraini government has told the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture to delay his planned visit to Bahrain. A statement on the state-run news agency yesterday said that Bahrain’s Minister for Human Rights delivered an official letter to Special Rapporteur Juan Mendez “outlining reasons for the request to postpone… Read more »

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With the latest deportation episode of international journalists from Bahrain, some of their colleagues in the country might be wondering what was so news-worthy to make the ITV crew venture off on “unlicensed” terrain, instead of sticking to government-approved reporting on the Formula 1 Grand Prix. The government keeps issuing statements about its “open-door policy” and how it… Read more »

Posted by & filed under Corruption, PR Watch.


  Yesterday, former Guardian Middle East editor Brian Whitaker wrote on his blog (which was followed by an article in the Independent) about the upcoming “Bahrain Independent Symposium”. By the looks of it, this is likely to be another high profile international PR attempt by the Bahraini government. One of the two co-sponsors of this… Read more »