Bahrain shuts down prominent newspaper amid crackdown

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Posted: Jun 04, 2017 8:11 AM

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Bahrain has ordered an independent newspaper to stop publishing "until further notice" amid a crackdown on dissent in the Gulf nation.

The Information Affairs Ministry said Sunday the decision to shut down Al-Wasat came over its publication of a story "affecting the relations of the kingdom of Bahrain with other countries."

Mansoor al-Jamri, the paper's editor-in-chief, told The Associated Press that the article dealt with a northern Morocco town where the arrest of demonstrators has aggravated public anger over corruption and poor economic conditions.

Al-Jamri said the order was a "total surprise." He added: "We didn't have any due process basically."

The decision comes amid a yearlong crackdown in which activists have been arrested or forced into exile while political parties have been disbanded.