An Arabic newspaper in Bahrain is facing court action after allegedly insulting a government official, it has been reported.
Al Ayam suggested a fire at an Information Affairs Authority building last month was deliberately lit as part of a “conspiracy theory” against Bahrain, Gulf Daily News reported.
The March 24 blaze caused about BD150,000 ($398,000) worth of damage.
The building had been housed by a private broadcaster selected by the IAA.
Al Ayam claimed the building had been abandoned and lacked basic safety and security equipment, and questioned the broadcaster’s hiring of a former chief executive at Hizbollah-backed channel Al Manar.
Minister of State for Information Affairs and the government's official spokeswoman Sameera Rajab filed the complaint.
A parliamentary inquiry also has been launched.