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Journalists reject allegations in Bahrain court

Posted by on June 20, 2011 0 Comment

Lawyers for three former editors of Bahrain’s main opposition newspaper told a court Sunday the journalists were tricked into publishing false news about the Sunni monarchy’s crackdown on Shiite-led protesters as part of a plot to undermine a key opposition voice.

The trial of the former Al Wasat editors is part of a sweeping crackdown on the island nation’s Shiite-led opposition, which has been protesting for greater rights and political freedoms in the Gulf island kingdom.

The former editors were forced to resign from Bahrain’s most widely read newspaper after the government imposed emergency rule in March to quell dissent.

The charges against the three men, who pleaded not guilty last month, include publishing false news and endangering public order.

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