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Bahrain: Journalists Beaten, Arrested, Deported (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post  |  By Posted: 04/23/2012 8:31 am Updated: 04/23/2012 9:36 am

Bahrain

A string of crackdowns on journalists accompanied Bahrain's controversial Grand Prix race over the weekend.

As the ruling government locked down opposition neighborhoods during the glitzy Formula One event, it also beat and deported several reporters.

Among these was a crew for Britain's Channel 4 News. Correspondent Jonathan Miller was arrested on Sunday, along with his crew and their driver, while reporting on a demonstration. The British team was then ejected from the country. The driver was apparently beaten badly.

Japanese journalists covering a protest on a highway leading to the site of the race were also arrested Sunday.

The incidents followed an attack on Mohammed Hasan, a fixer for several outlets including HDNet, the BBC and ITN. A tweet from HDNet's "Dan Rather Reports" said that, while reporting on another demonstration on Friday, Hasan was "ambushed" from behind by police. They used a stun gun on him, beat him and then put him in prison. Hasan has since been released, but faces criminal charges.

Miller was darkly comic in a tweet sent upon his exit from the country:


Jonathan Miller
OK... Channel 4 Three finally being deported aboard a non-British airline. Goodbye Bahrain. I met some lovely people but not many were cops.

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