Bahrain newspaper staff fined over false stories

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Posted: Oct 11, 2011 4:51 AM
Bahrain newspaper staff fined over false stories

A court has fined the top editor of Bahrain's main opposition newspaper and three staff members for publishing purportedly false stories about abuses against Shiite-led protesters.

The verdict was hailed by the Al Wasat newspaper because no jail time was ordered.

During the trial, chief editor Mansoor al-Jamri said the articles _ falsely describing abuses by Bahraini security forces _ appeared to be part of a plot to discredit the paper by backers of the ruling Sunni monarchy.

The four from Al Wasat were convicted on Tuesday and ordered to pay 1,000 dinars ($2,660) each. No appeal is planned.

Last week, al-Jamri was among four journalists awarded press freedom prizes by the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists.