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Published On: Thu, May 9th, 2013

King of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa: ‘Terrorism has no religion’

In an interview with Souad Mekhennet with the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa, King of Bahrain discussed topics as wide ranging as terrorism and freedom of the press.

King of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa Image/US Navy

King of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa
Image/US Navy

When asked about the consequences of disagreeing with his government, the King said, “It is fine to disagree with the government and to want to change the law. There is only one way. It is not violence; it is dialogue. It is not intimidation; it is accommodation.

“Some small groups want to impose their will on everyone else by using violence. They have the advantage of being able to plan their sabotage anywhere. But the whole world has condemned violence in Bahrain as it is condemned around the world. Terrorism has no religion and has the same ugly face around the world.”

When asked about media reforms in Bahrain and freedom of expression, he said, “I believe that the media plays an important role in the development of a country. To me, a free and ethical media is very crucial, and we therefore are going to establish a council in Bahrain with members from all stakeholders of society, like NGOs, members of parliament, women’s organizations and religious groups.”

“We welcome any journalists who want to learn about the truth and do her or his job based on the international ethical standards”, al Khalifa said.

“No one in Bahrain is prosecuted for their opinions. That is everyone’s right. But people who are filmed while inciting others to take up arms, to affront the police, and to demonstrate in sensitive areas without a permit should not say that they are pursued for their opinions. This cannot be tolerated in any country. They are breaking the law.”

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