After following the tweets from #bahrain yesterday I was interested to see the response of the main stream Western media today.
And the result is – Dah DAAAA – a rewriting of official Bahraini Government Press releases and conferences.
Washington has urged Bahrain to show restraint in dealing with protesters and called for meaningful reform in the small Gulf state kingdom. Security forces cleared hundreds of demonstrators from a square in the capital Manama on Thursday, leaving four people dead and hundreds injured.
Prayers and funerals are due to take place in the city on Friday. A pro-government demonstration is also expected to be held, just hours after Bahrain banned public gatherings.
Tanks prowled the streets of Manama on Thursday as the military was ordered to tighten its grip. Soldiers would take every measure necessary to preserve security, the interior ministry said.
The Australian ABC Online included in its report;
But Bahrain’s government has defended yesterday’s security crackdown on anti-government protesters, which left at least three people dead. The country’s finance minister, Sheikh Mohammed Al Khalifa, says the police were acting in self defence. “They went in without any intention to harm anybody, just to remove the people that were occupying the roundabout and blocking traffic,” he said. “But some of those people came back and forth, and we have up to 70 police officers that have been hurt because of the original attempt to remove those people peacefully.”
Yet Al Jazeera had no coverage available, a fact which was not unnoticed by Bahrain tweeters.
Just a quick note on the use of # hashtags. This is the way Twitter keeps track of conversations.
Interesting tweets began to appear.
Nick Kristoff, New York Times columnist, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, tweets “As a reporter, some things just break your heart. Like watching the govt of moderate, tolerant #Bahrain kill its people.” In another message Nick offers “My video from the #Bahrain hospital: http://nyti.ms/eLXzxK ” Yet another tweet; “#Bahrain royal family has started a campaign to have me fired for my reports from here.
What is more worrying is that I am receiving no tweets from inside Bahrain at the moment. There a lot to tweets with the bahrain hashtag but they all seem to be from outside the country. The people I followed yesterday have all gone ominously quiet. I hope it is because of Friday Prayers or an internet block.