Ali Abdulemam, an extremely active blogger and cyber activist from Bahrain, was arrested and then imprisoned on the 4th September after being accused by the authorities of posting false information on the portal BarhainOnline.org, one of the Kingdom’s most popular sites, which incidentally has been inaccessible ever since. There has been huge reaction to his arrest on the web.
A Facebook group supporting Ali Abdulemam was set up soon after his arrest. Several hundred web users have joined and are determined to fight for Bahrain’s right to freedom of speech. The group is circulating these posters online calling for people to mobilise support for Abdulemam.
Web users who wish to take part in the campaign can, amongst other things, download these banners expressing support for the imprisoned activist, and then display them on their blogs or social networks.
The mobilisation has moved on to a global scale. Many bloggers, from Morocco to Bulgaria, as well as Ecuador, have taken up Abdulemam’s cause and are demanding the Bahrain authorities free him as soon as possible. Web users can also send messages directly to the country’s Foreign Minister via his Twitter account.
Meanwhile, this blogger says the arrest comes at a time when Bahraini activists’ are facing increasing repression. And he voices concern that Abdulemam will be tortured by the authorities.
According to several NGOS present in Egypt, this fear is justified. “Human Rights watch” and “Reporters without Borders” have published these reports online, saying the torturing of prisoners is common place in the country.