Bahrain activist acquitted over Twitter post

AP News
Posted: Mar 11, 2013 6:56 AM

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — A lawyer in Bahrain says a human rights activist has been acquitted over allegations that he posted false news on Twitter.

Mohammed al-Jishi told The Associated Press on Monday that Yousef al-Muhafedha — acting president of the Bahrain Human Rights Center — was found not guilty of posting inaccurate news about some anti-government protests.

This was the third time a court dismissed cyber-related charges, indicating a possible softening of an Internet crackdown in the Sunni-ruled Gulf nation, which has faced nearly two years on non-stop unrest over demands by majority Shiites for a greater political voice.

Al-Muhafedha was detained for two months before being released on bail in January. He is one of dozens in the Gulf nation who faced charges for posting things on social media.