Iran’s Policies Highlighted in Attacks on Bahrain
February 10, 2016: Amid rising tensions between Iran and Arab Gulf countries, Iran continues its sustained negative media tirade against Bahrain, making its subversive intentions for the country readily apparent.
While Fars News published an article titled “The Politics of Cruelty in Bahrain” and chided Bahrain on its internal affairs, it neglected to mention its myriad of arbitrary detentions that Iran has carried out in its history, holding reformists who protest the regime without cause or trial. Iranian state-backed media also continues to disregard its country’s own habit of arresting and holding both foreign and domestic journalists in an obvious suppression of free speech.
Similarly, Iran’s PressTV denounced Bahrain’s “crackdown” on female activists. They do not mention, however, the recent rejection of all female candidates for the upcoming elections to the Guardian Council. Additionally, they are silent on arrests of Iranian female activists and artists who have taken to the internet to voice their opposition to the regime.
Considering Iran’s own domestic situation and record on torture, political prisoners, women’s and minorities rights, it should be obvious to observers that the media meddling in Bahrain’s affairs is meant to stir up trouble based on overblown accusations.