Journalists’ association condemns attack on editor

August 25, 2010

Bahrain Journalists Association (BJA) has condemned an assault on the editor of a local daily as a “despicable act that would not allow terrorism to prevail over reason.”

Muhannad Abu Zeitoun was attacked by two assailants as he was leaving Al Watan newspaper in the East Riffa area, south of Manama at around 3 am on Wednesday. One attacker sought to hit him with a sharp object while the second one wanted to torch his car.

Abu Zeitoun said that he did not know the assailants.

“We express our full solidarity with all journalists as they confront despicable acts of terrorism,” BJA said. “The matter should be taken seriously and the assailants should be brought to justice.”

According to the association of Bahrain-based journalists, the local press will not be intimidated by the attack

“We deeply deplore the attack, but it will not in any way affect the journalists’ commitment to their mission and to fighting terrorism, vandalism and sabotage. There is strong commitment to resisting and exposing all agendas targeting Bahrain’s stability and security as it moves forward,” the association said.

Al Watan was launched in December 2005.

Attacks on journalists are extremely rare in Bahrain. A bomb was placed under the cars of the editor in chief and editor of Al Ayam, a liberal newspaper, in the 1990s during the unrest that afflicted Bahrain. The homemade devices exploded while Nabeel Al Hamer and Eisa Al Shaygi were inside the newspaper building.



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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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