Manama, July 20: The Information Affairs Authority (IAA) said legal action has been taken against a journalist who claimed she was a correspondent for foreign media without having obtained any prior official permission from the Ministry in clear violation of the provision of Article 88 of Law Decree 47/2002 that regulates the Press, Printing and Publication.
An official source at the IAA said complaints had been lodged against the journalist to the Public Prosecution as she claimed to be a foreign correspondent and for carried out her activities in violation of the law.
Nazeeha Saeed is a licensed journalist in Bahrain. She is and remains a registered journalist and is free to cover events as a local journalist. However, acting as a foreign correspondent requires a license.
Over 150 days have passed since Ms Saeed’s license expired. Ms Saeed was informed of the expiration of her license a number of times and was warned that legal action would be pursued in the event that she continued to work as a foreign correspondent without a license.
The law regulating Print and Publication Media sets a maximum penalty of BD 1000 ($2650). The violation does not carry a prison sentence.
The Information Affairs Authority’s mandate includes ensuring that journalists work within the parameters of the Kingdom’s regulations, while maintaining professional and ethical standards.
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