Media Freedom: a Reality that cannot be denied
The Journalists’ Society organized a seminar for the researcher
and Journalist Mohammed Asaei, in which he discussed a study on
the Bahraini media with the participation of 130 journalists. The
study concluded that:
- There have been notable setbacks in terms of integrity and
professionalism compared to previous periods. Journalism has also
suffered from the lack of expertise, let alone the existence of
negative competition between the daily newspapers.
- Instead of leading public opinion, it has become negatively
led by it. The increase in the margin of freedom of local newspapers
is a reality that cannot be denied despite an increase in government
censorship of the internet.
- The political aspect of journalism is dominating the professional
aspect, and many journalists working in newspapers lack sufficient
- The study revealed that 30.8% of staff working in journalism
carry academic qualifications and 76.9% of journalists completed
training courses after starting work. Also, 55.4% of those working
in the journalism sector admitted that there are setbacks in the
adherence to media ethics.
- Bahraini newspapers propagate ideologies and ideas, and 73.3%
of journalists admitted that newspapers contribute to inflaming