Reporters Without Borders is concerned about freedom of expression in Bahrain. In the past couple of months, two journalists have been charged because of what they wrote and the information ministry has stepped up Internet filtering.
Front Line reported, on 17 January 2009, that Ghada Jamsheer, a woman human rights defender in Bahrain, had become the target of a harassment campaign. Ghada Jamsheer and her family have received threats, including many threatening text messages, and have been followed in a car.
"The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, a UN monitoring body composed of independent experts, has called on the government of Bahrain to adopt urgent measures to end serious discrimination and violence against women."