Bahrain has given permission to the island’s only independent newspaper (Al-Wasat ) to resume publishing after banning it for two days and after criticism from human rights groups.
In a statement from the Information Affairs Authority they said that the decision had been taken after Al-Wasat’s editors undertook to respect the law on publications.
The newspaper suspended on Thursday allegedly because of ” violation of the law and repeated dissemination of information that affects national unity and the kingdom’s relationship with other countries,”.
This not the first time the newspaper faced suspension and then reopened, in 2011 uprising, Al-Wasat was suspended by authorities, and its chief editor was tried and fined for allegedly publishing false information. And also It was later allowed to reopen.
After the authorities shutdown the newspaper , Human rights activists condemned the decision and described it as an attack on the media And a “seriously alarming” way to silence opposition voices and crush dissent.