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Newsline: US Embassy does not discuss arrest of four American journalists in Bahrain

The US Embassy in Manama said it was “aware of the arrest of four US citizens in Bahrain” on Sunday but that it could not discuss the case due to privacy concerns. Bahrain has arrested four American journalists covering the anniversary of its 2011 uprising amid a long crackdown on dissent in the tiny Gulf nation, witnesses say. Police said they detained four Americans for providing “false information that they were tourists,” while also alleging one took part in an attack on its officers. Bahrain requires international journalists to obtain special media visas before entering to work. Police said one of the journalists was a woman and three were men. Witnesses identified the woman as Anna Therese Day, an American freelance journalist who had contributed previously to The Huffington Post. Activists say Bahrain has denied media visas for some journalists since the 2011 protests.



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