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April 13th, 2011
09:56 PM ET

More on Bahrain crackdown: CNN Investigates

Amber Lyon, from CNN’s Special Investigative Unit, continued her conversation with Back|Story about her recent trip to Bahrain.

Hear more about the government’s efforts to conceal a crackdown on protesters. Amber describes scenes of people who are afraid to seek hospital treatment for gunshot wounds for fear of being detained by police.

Amber also answers questions submitted by BackStory viewers on Facebook and Twitter.


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  1. bahraini

    Thanks for your care about choosing us as your back story. I would like to say that what you had seen is only a few of the hard facts happened to us, especially from the attacks of the official biased BTV (Bahrain TV). All the protesters are accused of treason, loyalty to other countries like Iran or Lebanon and the government and its counterpart KSA want to make us paying the amount, every person will pay depending on his role.

    April 13, 2011 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • ali from bahrain

      AMBER MY LAST WORDS TO YOU , I DONT EXPECT FROM A JOURNALIST WHO WHERE HOSTED BY SHIA TO PRESENT A GOOD THING ABOUT SUNNY PEOPLE ???

      THE PERSON WHO HOSTED YOU IN BAHRAIN IS SHIA HE WILL NOT SHOW YOU THE OTHER BACK SIDE OF THEM >

      NO THANKS

      April 16, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
      • Gogo

        Hate to give Claudia Rosett more attention than is her due, but it is worth while connrdeiisg a curious comment she made on C Span Washington Journal last Sunday: Obama should be paying more attention to foreign affairs, especially Iran, which is the major problem, and less attention to the US economy. Americans can solve their economic problems on their own. Wars and financial ruin always go together. Rosett and her gang have in mind nothing less than the financial destruction of the United States and the physical destruction of the Middle East.qui bono?take a wild guess.If Paul's comment is accurate and the US plan IS to take over Libya, a view which is supported by Marc Ambinder's report from notes taken at meetings with Obama of the National Security apparatus of the administration, then Robert Gates would be well advised to withdraw all US troops and civilians from every post in the Middle East, because a US takeover of Libya will paint targets on the backs of Americans.Those troops will need to be re-deployed to protect Americans in the homeland. It's not unreasonable to suspect Arabs and Iranians are losing patience with the American mantra, fight them over there so we don't have to fight them over here. The notion that Iranians or Muslims were eager to attack the United States was always a disgusting lie, propagated to git Americans all het up to fight, by god. Well, keep your fighting side up; we may see the fight come to the homeland. I tremble when I consider that God is just.

        August 27, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. johanson

    I am really surprised how you could cover this in Bahrain. I am sure that a lot of pressure have been put or will be put to stop CNN from this coverage.

    Amber you are a great journalist. Continue doing the great work.

    April 13, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Abdul

      Amber ... did a good coverage but not give the real story of the unrest in Bahrain. Thanks God that the Pro Iranian Shia extremist did not succeed. There was a plan to invade Bahrain by the Iranians with the help of the Shia extremist in Bahrain. The Iranian plan was to ultimately to control the oil supply in the Gulf. If this happens any time. US and the West will have hard time to get oil supply. Just an advise to Amber .. Be careful , do not support pro Iranian extremist.

      April 17, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bluebaird

    I really thank you Amber and all back story team to in covering BH situation
    I believe that if you have gotten the freedom from BH government to go , visit ,cover and video all places in BH , you will prove to all people who lie down your story

    Simple question goes to BH why they don’t allow you

    Please take care

    GOD BLESS AND GUARD YOU

    April 14, 2011 at 6:15 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jean-Luc

    Amber Lyon gr8 report, the world need more people as brave as you and your team, to report this kind of real facts in Bahrain. Despite the Bahraini regime intentions to hide these criminial abuses by their mercenaries, you done a great job.

    April 14, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • forest

      if you think she is brave ask to go be brave in iraq and afganstan and report all crimes against humanity .she is a cheer leader want to make some money in oil rich countries .i blame the bahraini govt for letting cnn in.bahrain govt if you watching or listening you should not worry about what any country or nation think or say a bout you ,punish them financialy kick them out and their ungrateful nationals stop worrying about your image .

      April 17, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ali

    First. I would like to thank you amber for having the courage to fellow the truth despite the big cover up by the GCC and US media. Bahrain is under havey attack and it's not nassery by guns and tanks as it shows all media and important political fighers are turning a blind eye on what's going on in bahrain by the

    April 15, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ahmed

    Thank you Amber thank you for telling the world our story and showing them our suffering
    Thank you very much

    April 15, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • ali from bahrain

      Dear Amber, why only you focused on the viliages of shia , where have you been when they occupied the salmanya hospital and refuese to treat other sunnys or expats , where are you when they blcked the main roads and force every body to shut down his shop and not going for work if he is not with him , where are you when they atacked sunny students in schoolsa and universities , where are you when they killed police officers , where are you when they say bad words (( which is against human rights because its Racial Discrimination )) i am sory to say that america pretending the democracy depending on double standards )))

      April 16, 2011 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  7. chuck

    Amber Lyons reporting is good on the situation, but what is she trying to do withher fancy, colorful clothes, find a husband? She stands out like a Christmas tree light, and it not only endangers her, but she appears as a fashion icon in a war zone. Ridiculous.

    April 16, 2011 at 4:04 am | Report abuse |
  8. ali from bahrain

    Dear AMABER ,
    SORRY TO TELL YOU THAT YOU ARE NOT TELLING THE WHOLE STORY ABOUT BAHRAIN , THE GOVERNMENT GAVE THEM EVERY THING HOUSING FREE MEDICAL , EDUCATION , BUT THEY FOCUSED ON THE CITIZENSHIP MATTER , I WANT TO ASK YOU A QUESTION AND PLEASE REPLAY :
    THE OPPOSITION – SHIA – CALLING TO DEPORT ANY PERSON WHIO HAS BEEN GIVEN A BAHRAININ PASSPORT – THE CICTIZEN SHIP IN BAHRAIN AS WELL AS IN THE WORLD IS GOVERNED BY LAW -THE OPPOSSITION CALLED TO DEPORT ALL OF THEM AND MAKE THEM WITHOUT NATIONALITY ??

    MY QUESTION : YOU ARE AMERICAN , DO YOU ACCEPT THE AMERICANS TO SAY FOR ALL WHO WERE GIVEN A AMERICAN PASSPORT TO LEAVE AMERICA BECAUSE OF SOME DEMANDS ??? IS THIS DEMOCATIC DEMAND ????? IS NOT IT AGAINST HUMAN RIGHTS WHICH YOU AND US CLAIMS THAT YOU PROTECT ???3

    April 16, 2011 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Gnima

      fyi,Look up abrogating in the daticoniry- you are confused, the revelations do not contradict each other in the principles (usul), but they can contradict each other in the furu- WHICH IS WHAT LAWS ARE. Stop listening to the voice in your head and start listening to others for a bit- you might learn something.Also, as usual you pull examples out of your ass to justify your sweeping generalizations like the Imam Khomeini Airport event- a real event but your conclusion completely loony. Sepah took over the matter because the Turkish company had Israeli investors who would have had access to all airport communications. This is a case where the previous contract becomes void- IN ANY COUNTRY- with the likely exception of the US where Israel is allowed to infiltrate all security aspects. Can't argue sacredness of contracts here Does your genius mind grasp the matter, or is this too parochial for you, does your brilliant mind not deal with such lowly matters, only with metaphysical affairs and grand strategy?Like I said you read about events in Iran and then graft these onto your previous conclusions- but it is unlikely you have any real knowledge of Iran. Some of your global affairs comments aren't half bad, but your Iran analyses are weak.If you mentioned your nationality previously, I missed it, but I doubt you are Iranian, you seem to have a working knowledge of Farsi, my guess is your Indian.

      August 27, 2012 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jan

      UU,RE: OW's play, good one.RE: fyi and your comment I think that his deanil of your original insight that he might be Baha’i is no reason to discard that hypothesis. Based on what I have observed, I find fyi to be genuine in characterization of his beliefs. From an emotional perspective, he, too, appears to have a very palpable love-hate relationship with Iran which, I think, is leading to statements that are contradictory. I have consistently challenged his statements on three grounds: (1) his personal views/interpretation that he is vigorously trying to attribute to Islam at the same time as he objects to others doing the same within the Iranian society/Islamic Republic framework (2) his conceptualization of an interplay of theory-practice that he attributes to Allameh Tabatabei; 3) rights/responsibilities that are linked to a relationship between individual-society as conceptualized by him which he attributes to Islam and Shi'a.With respect to the wars, conflicts, and loss of human lives, I am disturbed by how cut throat and matter-of-fact (at the same time very accurate and to the point) most of his statements are.

      August 30, 2012 at 6:48 am | Report abuse |
  9. ali from bahrain

    DEAR AMBER,
    DO YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY WHERE SAYING TO YOU , DO YOU UNDERSTAND THE WORDS WHRITTEN , PLEASE GIVE YOUR SELF A KIT KAT , YOU NEED A BREAK .

    DO NOT FORGETT WHAT YOU DID TO IRAQIS ???

    THIS IS NOT IRAQ ???

    SORRY BUT SEARCH FOR ANOTHER LIES ELSE WHERE

    BYE BYE

    April 16, 2011 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  10. Ammar

    Thank you Amber and CNN for your courage and for your honest reporting.
    The regime has managed to buy off many voices we thought were independent either through money or politics. Take Aljazeera, for example, who had 24h-hour coverage of the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt. When it came to Bahrain they just turned a blind eye. I think everybody knows the reason why. Aljazeera is not independent as they advertize themselves but rather are run by Qatar and will do as instructed FULL STOP. I have stopped watching Aljazeera ever since.
    As a Bahraini I urge and beg you to continue your reporting on Bahrain to expose the atrocities and brutality committed by the regime against its defenseless and unarmed people.
    Please don't be discouraged by comments of some people here and don't let intimidation stop you from continuing the great job that you have started.
    Once again, Thank you so much Amber and CNN.

    April 16, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Abdul

    Dear Ameber, Over 350,000 Bahrainis gathered at Fateh Mosque to support the government. Why did you ignore this number which is over 50% Bahrainis. Why did ignore the fears of Bahrainis and expatriates because of blocking roads, threating people. Occupying hospitals and schools by protestors. and destroying Bahrain's economy. Why did not you give the full story. Talk to one of the 350,000s who gathered to support their government, and they will give you the true story of what happened in Bahrain. There are hundreds of documents, pictures and videos that shows what the protesters did. All those facts will be published soon. and you Amber will loose credibility for not reporting the facts and not giving the true story of what happened in Bahrain.

    April 16, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Abdul Hadi

    Where is the other side of the story Amber? Very bias report.

    April 17, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  13. Abdul

    I tell for sure that who commented in the name of "Observer" is not Sunni as he claim. for sure he is Shiaa.

    Amber, next time your visit Bahrain, if you do not want to talk to government officials, then please sit with Sunni people who suffered a lot from pro iranian terriost. Please understand that we are not blaming all Shiaa. There are good Shiaa who care for Bahrain's future, and loyal to Bahrain.

    April 17, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teiya

      Free info like this is an apple from the tree of knlwoedge. Sinful?

      October 1, 2011 at 2:48 am | Report abuse |
    • nghudkt

      EkxxqH kmxefmeqlvfk

      October 1, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ali from bahrain

    I would like to comment on the person who called him self sunny ????
    well i am shiaa but i love bahrain and bahrain gov. takes care of us .
    the terrorist who protested in pearl round about and salmanya medical complex and blocking the roards and killing innicents by sorts ?????
    i wonder how dare you say that they dont belong to iran ?????
    my god how can such people lie ??? i my self have seen them putting hizb allah flag and theire leader hassan nasser allah in thier homes and cars and even in the work they use pictures of khomainy iran leader and hasan naser allah ????

    amber ?? what you will do if the america put khomaini picture and flag in the natunal day of america ?????

    please stop lies ?????
    i am not bahraini but i live in bahrain and i love this country so much
    the police will not hurt any body they are peacefull , and now adays the situation in bahrain is quit and now i can go out with familiy and be sure that we are in save becasue of the saudi and bahraini soldioers protecting us.
    come and see bahrain amber but accept to stay with sunny this time they will show you the real face of shiaa – not all of them are bad but the majority who belongs to iran .

    April 17, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Abdul

    We expect lies from unknown sources, but from a CNN or Time reporter. This is amazing. CNN should protect its dignity and get the facts of the situation in Bahrain, instead of relying on some pro-Iranian Shia extremist in Bahrain.

    April 17, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  16. BAHRAINI

    Dear Amber,

    I would just like to express my deep concern about your coverage. It is completely BIASED and your source is only one person Nabeel Rajab who's ethics are questionable. You cannot claim to cover the story in Bahrain from a supposedly "HUMANITARIAN" viewpoint by starting the story from the phase of the state of marshall law imposed to protect the people of Bahrain from these terrorist minority. For your information, the people of Bahrain were the ones that asked the government to intervene to protect them.

    To have an unbiased report, you need to cover the Salmaniya Hospital takeover by the opposition. You need to interview people who's family died because the ambulances were not sent to them because they are of sunni origin. You need to show the videos of the indian workers tied up and beaten by the opposition/terrorists while being taken out of an ambulance and into their salmaniya camp. You need to cover stories of doctors who mistreated patients and refused to treat them. You need to cover the truth about how people were more afraid to go into the "main" government hospital for treatment when the opposition had control of that building for more than a month. Salmaniya hospital is the biggest and "best" equipped hospital in Bahrain and is the only place where cancer and kidney patients can get treatments. Why is it that you did not cover the fact that the people of Bahrain could not go to this hospital for treatment when the opposition had taken over the hospital. Isnt that a "HUMANITARIAN" issue??

    Arent doctors and teacher bound by they're oath to not politicize their occupation? Stealing medical equipment and setting up camps in the GCC roundabout to do checkups and falsify information is against their oath! What about the teachers protests? Arent they supposed to be bound by duty and not politicize their jobs. The teachers that didnt show up to schools and instigated and threatened students? Is that HUMANITARIAN??? Trucks and buses would pick up students and drop them off in various locations to participate in protests WITHOUT their parents knowledge, is that HUMANITARIAN??

    We have so many more stories, but i guess who cares? You care to portray only one side and its obvious from the fact that you pursued only what one person told you. I will only say that we are confident of our stance, and the US government is aware of why the Bahraini Government had to intervene and knows that we are in no way or form a horrible country. For 10 years Bahrain has been on a growth and reform path that no one seems to care to talk about. Things that not even the US can provide half its citizens with all the taxes that you guys pay! With no taxes, and a beautiful country we have top notch health care and education systems that are free of charge to ALL Bahrainis. We have programs to support SME's by providing them with free government grants to help them setup and succeed. Holding the hand of Bahrainis that want to work and achieve and giving them opportunities to build a bright future.

    All this was done by our amazing government. Look around, open your eyes and you'll want to move to Bahrain and have the privilege of becoming a Bahraini citizen under Al-Khalifa rule.

    April 23, 2011 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • ali

      copy paste bahrain tv

      May 22, 2011 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  17. Proud Bah

    Video proof that the protestors were not peaceful. If you care to stand by your journalistic integrity, you will get someone to translate to you. For other readers, the person on stage declares that people should be concealing weapons they have infront of press and media to portray peaceful protests. Enjoy http://bit.ly/i0XXoU

    April 26, 2011 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
    • ali

      ‏Bahrain Revolution facts and lies 1/3 ثورة البحرين الحقائق والأكاذيب
      [vimeo 23406658 w=480 h=360]

      Bahrain Revolution facts and lies 2/3 ثورة البحرين الحقائق والأكاذيب
      [vimeo 23406617 w=480 h=360]

      Bahrain Revolution facts and lies 3/3 ثورة البحرين الحقائق والأكاذيب
      [vimeo 23406538 w=480 h=360]

      May 22, 2011 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |