Bahraini authorities on Thursday released award-winning photographer Mohammed Al-Shaikh after holding him for more than 24 hours over his work for AFP, according to his family.
Relatives of Al-Shaikh, who worked for AFP in Bahrain for several years until his press permit was denied renewal last August, had been detained at Manama airport late Tuesday on his return from a trip overseas.
His family said he does not face charges.
Bahraini authorities did not respond to AFP's requests for an explanation for his arrest.
Al-Shaikh won the 2014 Bayeux-Calvados prize for his coverage of events in the tiny Gulf kingdom, rocked from 2011 onwards by an Arab Spring-inspired uprising and ensuing crackdown.
Rights groups regularly criticise the Sunni-ruled kingdom over its harsh treatment of dissenters.
Last year saw a further tightening of restrictions on journalists. Authorities refused to issue visas or renew accreditations for reporters working for foreign outlets.
Nazeeha Saeed, a journalist working for France 24 and Arabic radio station Monte Carlo Doualiya, is currently on trial for working "without the necessary authorisation".For all the latest business news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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