Bahrain editor assailants arrested

August 30, 2010

Two Bahrainis suspected of assaulting the editor of Al Watan newspaper last week have been arrested, a public security officer has said.

The two men aged 27 and 21 have confessed they had attacked Ahmed Abu Zeitoun and will be referred to the public prosecutor, Major General Tariq bin Dayna, the Public Security chief, said. The older man is employed while the second one is unemployed, he added.

Abu Zeitoun, a Palestinian, was attacked as he was leaving the paper offices in East Rifaa on August 25. He was stabbed with a sharp object and his car was partly burnt in the attack.

The editor said that he was not sure whether he was targeted for being on the staff of the newspaper or for his person.

The head of the media authority, formerly the information ministry, visited the 31-year-old editor at his home to inquire about his condition while Al Watan daily received a deluge of good wishes and messages of sympathy, including from the Brussels-based International Federation of Journalists.

Al Watan was launched in December 2005.



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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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