Amira Al Hussaini

Aug 25 2012
Turbo is on to something  (Taken with Instagram)

Turbo is on to something (Taken with Instagram)

Aug 24 2012
Turbo: Who turned off the colour switch?!  (Taken with Instagram)

Turbo: Who turned off the colour switch?! (Taken with Instagram)

Aug 08 2012
In recent weeks, trials have begun for dozens of writers, activists and bloggers arrested in late May and early June 2012. Most have been charged in connection with exercising their right to freedom of expression and assembly, through public protests, publishing or other means.

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A spokesman from Gamma Group, the company producing the trojan allegedly involved with these attacks, promptly responded to the press stating that FinFisher was never sold to Bahrain and that a copy might have been stolen and re-engineered for some unauthorized use. We’re not able to confirm or deny this at the moment.

Jun 23 2012
Authorities arrested Salma el-Wardany, an Egyptian business reporter for Bloomberg and co-founder of the Egyptian daily news website Aharm Online, and Maha el-Senuss, a Sudanese blogger and contributor to citizen media website Global Voices Online, on Thursday morning as they covered a protest in front of Khartoum University, according to news reports. The journalists were taken to the office of the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS), the reports said.

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There have been recent reports of malware attacks on journalists based in China. The attacks specifically targeted Chinese employees working for media organizations, including Reuters, the Straits Times, Dow Jones, Agence France Presse, and Ansa.1 These employees received an email from “Pam ” who claimed to be an editor with the Straits Times, that came with a PDF attachment that contains malware. When opened, malicious code in the PDF exploits the Adobe Reader program and drops the malware on the target’s computer.

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.the “Arab Spring” and a series of global popular movements has resulted in crackdowns on expression, showing just how terrified governments have become of the voice accorded their citizens via the internet.

And indeed, they have: Nearly halfway through 2012, online repression remains on the rise. In post-dictatorship Tunisia and Egypt, the face of the threats may have changed, but their implications remain all too real. Social media users still run the risk of blasphemy charges in the former, while in the latter, military detentions continue. In the Gulf countries - where authorities fight to maintain stability in a rapidly changing region - bloggers are detained in increasing numbers, while new regulations are debated, such as Kuwait’s proposed death sentence for insulting the prophet. Elsewhere, new systems are being put into place to filter and surveil citizens, such as one recently discovered in Ethiopia.

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Jun 06 2012
The problem wasn’t the sophistication of the tools, but rather the lack of knowledge of the reporters,” he said. “I think many sources who were speaking to these correspondents have been captured or killed.

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Mar 31 2012

On whether security should be increased, Al-Khalifa, who is also one of the 26 members of the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council, said: “No, absolutely not.

"It will be life as normal. We’ve never had any violence towards foreigners simply because they are foreigners or in F1.

"There is no violence towards guests of the country, and I don’t think there will be any disruption or danger to anybody coming into Bahrain."

He said he understood people’s “apprehension” but added: “Anybody who has been there before and comes now will see there is no difference.

"It is why I’m hoping for the race to come as quickly as possible, just to let this community [in Formula 1] see and feel what is really going on in Bahrain.

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"We’ve never had any violence towards foreigners. All I can guarantee you is you will be as safe as at any other grand prix”

Sheikh Abdullah bin Isa Al Khalifa

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