Bahrain set to revamp 'stone age' media law

Government’s scope of relaxing restrictions is limited, says committee chairman
Bahrain set to revamp 'stone age' media law
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By Lubna Hamdan
Wed 19 Oct 2016 01:58 PM

Bahrain will draft a new media law to replace its current one as it is “from the Stone Age and beyond repair,” according to services committee chairman Abbas Al Madi.

Al Madi said the new law, which will be drafted by MPs and the government, will aim to improve the information sector, reported Gulf Daily News.

He said the government had drafted a new regulation but it has not yet been addressed by the committee.

“The government makes changes to the current 2002 Publications Law through executive by-laws that have allowed newspapers to broadcast video and audio after a long struggle and on an exceptional temporary basis,” he said.

“However, the government’s scope of relaxing restrictions is limited considering that the sector is governed by a law from the Stone Age that is beyond repair. Media the world over today operates on one primary concept, to deliver information in the most professional and fastest way possible, with the aid of illustrations and pictures,” he added.

Al Madi said the latter is not taking place in Bahrain despite advances in the field at an international level.

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