Information Affairs Minister Ali bin Mohammed
Al‑Romaihi said that any attempt to spark strife and target national unity
through social media websites will be deterred. Addressing the Parliament
today, he stressed continuous coordination and follow‑up with competent
authorities regarding the circumstances of any development related to
Bahrain and its image in external media. He underlined the crucial role
played by the Ministry of Information Affairs in cementing national unity and
confronting false news about the Kingdom of Bahrain.
“Bahrain has been targeted since 2011 by a systematic media propaganda
campaign, adamantly orchestrated by states and agencies to defame its
image”, he said, paying tribute to the wise leadership and loyal Bahrain
people which stood united to foil all conspiracies against the nation.
Responding to question by MP Mohsen Al‑Bakri, the minister stressed
constant coordination with the Foreign Ministry and direct communication with
all ambassadors regarding human rights issues.
“Social media websites are not affiliated with a specific party or governmental
institution, being available to all people within legal regulatory provisions”, he
said, adding that Bahrain has no “legislative vacuum”. “We can use the penal
law, the law on cybercrimes, the press law and the law on protecting state
documents, among other legislations, to sue anyone who attempts to target
national unity through social media”, he said.