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Ahead of Anniversary, Bahrain Denies Visas to Foreign Journalists

Reporters Without Borders reports that Bahrain has denied entrance visas to foreign journalists such as the New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof ahead of the February 14 anniversary of protests in the Gulf kingdom.

The country’s Information Affairs Agency claims this is because of the “high volume of requests” coming in.

Reporters Without Borders also notes that several Bahraini journalists and activists such as Waheed Al-Balloushy and Reem Khalifa continue to be targeted for prosecution.

Bahrain currently ranks 173 out of 179 on the organization’s Press Freedom Index.

CNN’s Amber Lyon explains her team’s difficulties in reporting on protests in Bahrain. From government minders to a six hour detention to the disappearance of sources that they had planned to interview.

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I’m trying to recover from the shock. They are sending a message that nothing is untouchable in Bahrain.

Mansour al-Jamri describing his arrest and the government takeover of his newspaper Al Wasat, Bahrain’s only major independent paper.

The government accuses al-Jamri of publishing false stories to incite a Shiite uprising.

Al-Jamri claims that government intelligence hacked his newspaper’s servers in order to plant the stories in question.

Clifford Krauss, New York Times, Editor Silenced, With the Help of Unreliable Sources.

While the prominence of women in the revolutions has been moving, there is a psychology behind celebrating and glorifying women’s political activity when it is part of a popular push. In these times women are almost tokenised by men as the ultimate downtrodden victims, the sign that things are desperate, that even members of the fairer sex are leaving their hearths and taking to the streets. The perception isn’t that women are fighting for their own rights, but merely that they are underwriting the revolution by bringing their matronly dignity to the crowd like some mascot.

Getty photographer John Moore discusses his six weeks covering protest and revolution in Egypt, Bahrain and Libya. Many of the images in the accompanying slide show will be familiar to those following the news.

"I’ve covered a lot of conflict over the years," says Moore, who’s reported from Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia and other conflict areas, "but I’d say my days of combat coverage here in Libya were the most heavy of all."

Various reports from Bahrain and Libya have surfaced indicating an Internet shutdown has been implemented to prevent communication, and possibly to stop the flow of footage showing the violence being unleashed against peaceful demonstrators. Joe Nazario, a senior researcher at Arbor Networks, a Massachusetts firm  which monitors global Internet traffic, told The New York Times data flow for Bahrain was “was 10 percent to 20 percent below expected levels.”

The video above is extremely graphic, showing Bahraini military personnel gunning down civilians with live rounds as they advance on their position. As many as 30 protestors have been killed in Bahrain, according to various reports.

In Libya there have also been reports of Internet blockages to sites such as Facebook and news network Al Jazeera, as well as electricity cuts, meant to quell the growing uprising. Unconfirmed reports from human rights observers in Libya peg the death toll from the government’s violent response to protests as high as 24, with opposition sources saying the death toll was as high as 61.