Thursday, April 5, 2012

Journalist shot in Bahrain while filming peaceful protest

On March 31st, Ahmed Ismail Hussain was shot down by Bahraini police while filming a protest in Salmabad. 

Hussain was shot in the hip and then taken to hospital where he died.

The demonstration he was covering began about 11:30 pm. Witnesses said he was filming security forces using tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse protesters.

According to the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, police cars were followed by two civilian vehicles whose occupants fired live ammunition at the demonstrators.
Other sources reported that the car from which the shots that killed Hussain were fired arrived at the scene after the security forces had left.
Reporters Without Borders, which ranked Bahrain as one of the most dangerous states worldwide for journalists in 2011, issued a strong protest. 

Other journalists, like Mazen Mahdi, have been systematically harassed and their materials destroyed.

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