Banned Books from Bahrain

by Nina Mohan    /  June 6, 2012  / 3 Comments

Bahrain has a long history of repressing free speech, which intensified after the pro–democracy protests in February 2011. Due to the 1976 Penal Code provisions, the Bahraini government is easily able to repress dissent and criticism. In March, the Press and Publications Directorate banned the following books from the Bahrain International Book Fair. Because of our commitment to freedom of expression, Sampsonia Way recommends these books to all those who speak Arabic.


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Nina Mohan is an editorial intern at Sampsonia Way. She is currently pursuing a B.A. in Creative Writing and a B.F.A. in Voice Performance from Carnegie Mellon University.

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3 Comments on "Banned Books from Bahrain"

  1. Noora June 7, 2012 at 6:06 am ·

    Looking at the books, most are banned because of the influences of society and not because of the government. In fact, freedom of expression is upheld in the country, as proven by the proliferation of print media in the last ten years and the strength of the local journalists association.

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