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Bahrain Assembly to Vote on Plans to Widen Freedom of Expression

October 24, 2011

Oct. 24 (Bloomberg) -- Bahrain’s parliament will vote in the next few weeks on amendments proposed by the government to ensure wider freedom of expression in the Gulf state, Bahrain’s Information Affairs Authority said.

The proposed amendments seek to provide stronger guarantees of freedom of expression by narrowing the circumstances under which individuals can be charged with speech-related activity under Bahrain’s criminal laws, the authority said today in an e- mailed statement.

The measures, which represent a priority for the government, are the outcome of the national dialogue in Bahrain, according to the statement.

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