Sayed Yousif Almuhafda

Sayed Yousif Almuhafda

Location: Manama, Bahrain
26° 13' 0.0012" N, 50° 34' 59.9988" E
Status: Under Arrest
Arrested on 17 Dec 2012
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Sayed Yousif Almuhafda is the Vice President and Head of the Documentation Unit at the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR). He is also member of the rights groups Front Line Defenders and Amnesty International. He was arrested on December 17th as he was monitoring a non violent demonstration in the capital Manama and reporting about it on Twitter.

Sayed Yousif was charged with spreading false information on his Twitter account. He is being especially accused, among other things, of posting a photo (link contains graphic content, reader discretion is advised) on Twitter on December 17, of an injured young demonstrator actually taken two days earlier.

On December 25, Sayed Yousif was presented before the prosecutor-general in Manama who decided to extend his detention for 15 additional days. A decision condemned by freedom of speech advocates like media watchdog Reporters Without Borders who posted the following statement:

"Muhafda is yet again paying for his commitment to the circulation of information about human rights violations in Bahrain [...] The authorities must stop their repeated violations of freedom of information and allow news providers to operate freely."

This isn't the first time Sayed Yousif is arrested for his reporting of human rights abuses in Bahrain. On November 2, 2012, he was detained for 12 days after covering a violent police crackdown on a demonstration in Diraz, west of Manama.

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