Brussels, 07/08/2015

Statement by the spokesperson on the suspension of Al-Wasat independent newspaper in Bahrain

The Bahraini authorities announced their decision to "temporarily suspend the independent newspaper Al-Wasat until further notice" on Thursday 6 August.

The EU believes that the existence of independent media outlets reinforces freedom of speech by providing a platform for the expression of different opinions and grievances of various segments of Bahraini society. It also has the potential to serve as an effective tool in supporting efforts aimed at nurturing a pluralistic environment to foster national unity and reconciliation in Bahrain.

The EU hopes that the administrative decision of the Information Affairs Authority of Bahrain can be swiftly reviewed in a way that would enable Al-Wasat to resume publication as soon as possible.