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April 12th, 2011
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Unjust treatment in Bahrain

From Michael Holmes, CNN

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CNN Investigations Unit correspondent Amber Lyon got more than a story when she visited Bahrain recently – she and her crew had the experience of being forced to the ground with automatic weapons pointed at their heads.

Amber and team were there working on a documentary which included telling the story of Bahrain's ongoing crackdown on pro reform protesters.   Here’s her report, our chat with her about her experience and what’s going on in Bahrain.


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  1. David Mclauren

    Isn't she too pretty to be in a war zone,if captured by some rebels she could be a victim of physical assaults and rape...Careful.

    April 12, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • forest

      amber and lara logan are cheer leaders not journalist ...they sleep with sources this is how they get their stories and this how they move up the ladder ..they risk american lives and jobs by showing one side and if they get hurt or harrassed they flash am passport and the mighty cnn badges..send in real journalist like suzy or christiane .and to bahraini govt what is wrong with you how stupid you are..yuo took her to 5 star rest to soften her up shame on you

      April 13, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • Emmly

        Superb ifnromaiotn here, ol'e chap; keep burning the midnight oil.

        November 6, 2011 at 4:14 am | Report abuse |
      • vteoyxo

        CzofHX wntmpaozytfn

        November 9, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  2. Fadel

    Do you think that the Bahraini government is hiding the facts?

    April 12, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Faisal Al-Dossary

      Dear Fadel, I dont understand your question, and I believe you are trying to stir the reporter in your direction. I hope you are not sucessful as your intentions are not clean.

      April 14, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • Astrano

        All:The events in Bahrain are not harumfl to Iran.Consider: there was nothing Iranian left in Bahrain.The identified themselves with other Arabs until a few days ago and against Iran.Now the family-run business called Bahrain has sought the help of another family-run business called Saudi Arabia to beat Shia Arabs into line.The Saudi National Guard are anti-Shia bigots that are loyal to the House of Saud. These are the only reliable forces that the al Saud can muster.Iranian leaders have been extremely careful since 1988 in getting into any military conflict; they rightly perceived them as traps by the Axis Powers to smash Islamic Iran.They will do nothing overt or covert in Bahrain.Let the Axis Powers, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain discredit themselves more among Arabs in general and Shia Arabs in particular. Iranians will have a host of policies that they can use in the case of Bahrain; from cold but correct relations with Al Khalif to covert aide to the Shia. This will be played out over the next few years as the brutality of Sunni ruling families will burn into the Shia Arabs that their only recourse is the Shia Fortress of Iran.But leave it to the Iranians to couch their support for Shia of Bahrain in non-sectarian terms of Islamic Justice, Freedom, Self-determination etc. and not in Sunni-Shia terms.

        October 3, 2012 at 5:36 am | Report abuse |
  3. adas

    Well done, we support you – Amber Lyon. The world need more people as brave as you are to report this kind of real facts in Bahrain. Despite of these criminial abuses in Bahrain, the Officials from US gov't – still shutting their mouth because Bahrain is a friend. Such a double standard !!! Hope our US gov't can be as brave as you are to voice the truth, NOTHING But the truth to the world.

    April 13, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  4. RB

    Why didn't the CNN team notify the government that they were there?? That's why they were arrested. The country is under a State of Emergency. Just waltzing right in is not the right way to do business. Get real. Suppose a group of supposedly unarmed protesters stormed the White House. What would Obama do? His security team would kill a bunch of people. Armed or not. Bahrain has the same right to protect itself as well. You say the protesters are unarmed. Have you not seen the videos? What about the video of the protester running over the policeman? Then turning around and running hom over again! All you bleeding heart asshats should stop basing your opinions on what the media presents. Obviously the go for sensationalism. It sells papers, and the news. If you are not in Bahrain, then you have no right to criticise anything! The media as a whole are directly responsible for most of the violence that has happened here in Bahrain and elsewhere. At some point, their right to report the news shouild be revoked, especially when they provide extremely biased reporting.

    April 13, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Lottie

      RSH re: In terms of Israel, Israel would like to control the oil in the Middle East much more than the Arabs do and would udbountedly like to use it to force the rest of the world to bow to Israel – this is the ultimate meaning of “Eretz Israel” – control of the Middle East “from the Nile to the Euphrates”. meaning specifically control of the oil extracted from those carved up, internally torn Arab states. In Nasrallah's rallying speech that was linked here recently, The crowd listened respectfully to Nasrallah's exhortations. About 50 minutes into the speech he mentioned Lebanese control of Lebanese oil and the crowd erupted. Faces that had been composed in spiritual agreement with Nasrallah's earlier speech burst into broad smiles at mention of control of Lebanese oil off the coast; arms pumped and voices roared: we will own our own resources. Nasrallah played with the image of Hariri taking his jacket off How will we defend our oil, by taking off our jackets? I'm not sure what that refers to, but it struck a chord.In his interview with Piers Morgan, Netanyahu commented on Israel's discovery of gas off its coast. Noble energy in Texas has contracted to develop the resource, estimated in the billions of barrels.Gaza's coastal waters encompass a natural gas resource of great amount; Palestinians have not been able to control it.Look for wars over control of the Mediterranean.

      August 27, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • Yunus

        Bussed-in Basiji says: March 23, 2011 at 3:23 pmIn my opinion, Jesus, whom I hope you aepcct as a prophet, through his deed, negated the sentence of stoning both in Judaism (the past) and Islam (the future).Do you agree?[This is not an issue of Usul.]In regards to the Imam Khomeini Airport: was a legal argument made by anyone to a court of law in Iran in that case? Was there a legal judgement issued by that court in this case? Where the guards enforcing that legal judgement?No, no, no.They were acting on their own in an illegal manner.When the Ulema revolted against the Qajars, it was analogous arbitrariness against which they sought the establishment of a House of Justice. One hundred years later and Iran is still suffering from legal arbitrariness.

        October 3, 2012 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  5. Sara

    Dear Reporter,

    CNN has been one of the leading news channels in the world. It earned its credibility and high reputation during the past years, where it was viewed as one of the few agencies that are ‎​unbiased and truthful.

    It’s sad that today, one reporter can jeopardize the reputation of this great agency that so many people have poured their heart and soul in making it one of the best, by poorly covering an important story like that of the Kingdom of Bahrain.

    You have mentioned in your show last night that your simply covering the story from a humanitarian aspect. I applause you for doing so. The issue in hand is not sectarian, where a lot of Shiia are against what is happening to their country during the past two months.

    Having said so, your coverage was only focused on those so called "innocent" protesters when in fact there are many solid proofs proving differently.

    One of yesterday’s viewers asked you why you didn't visit other villages, he simply wanted to open your eyes to what is happening on the other side.

    If your report intentions were to highlight the humanitarian aspect of the situation, then allow me to say that you failed in doing so. You didn't cover the whole story and you viewed it from one sided angle.

    Where is humanity in repeatedly running over policemen with cars and beating them to death? Where is humanity when innocent expatriates are tortured and killed on streets, are held hostages and insulted to death? Where is humanity in cutting a prayer caller’s (Imam) tongue? Where is humanity in refusing to pick up sick elderly by ambulances because of their sector? Where is humanity in refusing to treat patients? Where is humanity in holding doctors and nurses hostages?

    The above where some of the many inhuman behavior practiced by those who you’re calling "innocent" protesters.

    Those so called "innocent" protesters had controlled the emergency department among others in the main public hospital in the Kingdom for more than a month. Those criminals where using ambulances for their own sick intentions; they chose who to help and who to ignore based on political stand and sectarian position. Many innocent civilians died due to their criminal behavior, not to mention what went in public schools and universities that left a huge scar which will take many years to heal.

    The above is a brief highlight of things that went on for very long. We Bahraini citizens suffered in all aspects and some of what we lost, we lost forever.

    When you want to cover a story from any aspect, cover it fully. Don't just go to one side or the other.

    Kingdom of Bahrain was and will always be a country of justice. Name me one country that allowed protesters to have their sick ways (practice their violence) for more than a whole month. They camped in central Manama on a roundabout (it never was a square go and see for yourself). They took control of a public hospital, of ambulances, and many more, while the Government opened their hands and were calling them to come and discuss their demands (that were not representing the majority of Bahraini citizens).

    I am not talking about sectors, this is not a sectarian issue. Simple proof is Rajab Family. Next time you chat with Mr. Nabeel Rajab, ask him where the rest of his family stand on this issue. Ask him to give you the contact information for Mrs. Sameera Rajab his first cousin and other family members that would show you a total different angle for your so called "full" coverage.

    I hope in the coming weeks you put similar efforts in talking to the other side. Speak to Sh. Abdullatif. Al Mahmood, Mr. Atef Abdulmalik, and many other locals that are willing to not only tell you but provide you with solid proofs on what they are talking about.

    You have focused a great deal on the writings that were on walls and got covered by paint without investigating what was written in the first place. You focused on those so called "innocent" protesters that were injured and were scared to go to hospital in case they arrest them, while failing to ask why are they afraid and what gives the police the right to arrest them. Allow me to clear these points, the words that were painted over where filthy words insulting the ruling family and wishing their death, there were names of outside political unethical figures that had no business in here, and many other shameful sentences that no true Bahraini would accept. Furthermore, those people that are afraid to go to hospitals are the same people that participated in the inhuman acts practiced during the past two months, and are now hiding lie scum bags in their own sick nests.

    A great reporter is one that brings out the truth, and covers her story from all angles and make sure of her sources. That's what makes her a great reporter and that's what makes a channel great.

    Sadly you failed to hold up to CNN standards.

    Regards,
    Disappointed CNN follower

    April 13, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sandra johns

      Dear my friend who says that the police officer who killed by protesstors is not a police officer and he is from oppossitions – protestors-

      for you i will give you two suggestions =
      the first that you are idiot because if the person on the ground is not a police officer and he is from protessors as you say ????? hwy he has a machine gun beside his body and one frm protersors took it and run away ???

      this is a fake story and lie from the IRANIAN CHANNEL – AL ALAM

      GO TO HELL

      BAHRAI IS MORE SECURE WITHOUT YOU , WE ENCOURAGE POILCE AND ARMY TO PROTECT THE COUNTRY FROM SUCH TERRORISTS

      April 16, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  6. Faisal Al-Dossary

    I post some fotage that will help you give a better repot that is not biased, since i believe that the way you made your report was intended to be biased not intentionally but maybe because you are unfamiliar with the consequences of your doings. enjoy the video.
    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ua7v0TF02I&w=640&h=390]
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QKUoIhh5mM
    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTgnnkI1GHk&w=640&h=390]
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OFU8l2v73w
    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-AActeXnkXo&w=640&h=390]
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sk1c_ryOX8U

    and there are more posted if you search, of course the opposition will say this is the goverment since they have no other way to justify thier terroristic actions which you never got to report on in your piece.

    April 14, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Adel

    Just two words CNN: VERY DISSAPOINTED!
    I was a huge fan but not anymore! This report is really biased.. I invite u to come and see the truth and report it to the world...

    April 15, 2011 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  8. Santina

    Esra'a, I understand your fire, I would have seignd if I were younger, but you see, I take it more seriously maybe living here is part of this if I seignd I would be saying I stand with him on everything,as though I am there with you in Bahrain physically, and willing to risk mefbd™job, for defending his right to free speech and I can't do that. I disapprove of the in your face confrontational tactics.

    August 28, 2012 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Queenie

      Fiorangela: You're missing the point. The gist I was rerefring to was Khamenei rerefring to the fact that instead of intervening earlier, the US sat on its hands until Gaddafi managed to get the advantage. Clearly Khamenei was blaming the US for allowing Gaddafi to beat back the rebels.As for arming them, that is exactly what the US should have done rather doing this no-fly stuff, and if Khamenei didn't say that, he should have. Because it's correct. Of course, it would have been even better if Iran had armed them. Then the rebels would have likely been thankful to Iran and perhaps relations between Iran and Libya would be good after Gaddafi is overthrown (if he is). This would have been good for Iran to gain another ally in the region and screw the US in the process.

      October 3, 2012 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |