No link between Violence & Freedom of Expression
During a seminar organized by the Bahrain Lawyrs’ Society, the
legal advisor Ahmed Abdul Hakeem gave a lecture on freedom of opinion
and expression in Bahrain, saying that peaceful channels and legal
means of expression (such as parliaments, unions and political societies)
are well known throughout the world. He added that all these legitimate
means are available for people to express their opinions, and that
violence and crime are forms of terrorism rather than free expression.
He also noted that there are those who justify riots and violence,
falsely claiming that they are forms of freedom of expression. These
justifications are unfounded and have no legal basis; rather their
sole purpose is to force the state to change its policies. Abdul
Hakeem also said that the Bahraini legislator has criminalized all
forms of violence, and attempts to confuse freedom of expression
and violence constitute violations of the law, constitution and
political and social values.