Bahrain arrests man for 'sectarian' Twitter post

Move is part of plan to reduce sectarian language on social media
By Staff writer
Mon 10 Oct 2016 12:11 PM

Bahrain has arrested a man for posting a tweet containing “defamatory statements against a particular sect” in the country, revealed the general director of anti-corruption and economic and electronic security.

The capture was in line with the government’s efforts to ease sectarian language on social media platforms, reported Bahrain News Agency.

“A punishment for a period not exceeding one year or a fine not exceeding BD 100 shall be given to any person who commits an offence by any method of expression against one of the recognised religious sects or ridicules the rituals thereof,” the general director said, referring to article 309 of the penal code law.

The official said the man’s case will be taken to the public prosecution’s office.

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