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21 August, 2005

Blacked-out in Bahrain

Bahraini neighbours are less than snap-happy - an international photography exhibition has been forced to withdraw some of its images, after earlier attempts at moderate censorship failed:

They had originally censored some pictures featured in the World Press Photo exhibition with black tape, but had to take four down because people kept removing it.

The photographs taken down were of a naked tribal man, a semi-naked drug addict, a topless model during Paris Fashion Week and naked portraits of South African women who have been the victims of domestic violence.

Manama Municipal Council chairman Murthada Bader clears up any confusion about what is and what isn't acceptable in the Island Kingdom:

"The exhibition shows the world the truth about death, murder, famine, poverty and happy times, but nudity is not an issue we will accept here in our country."

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Blogger SillyBahrainiGirl said...

God forbid. No way.

Of course we accept famine, drought, warfare and massive destruction.. but hell no.. never nudity!

We even cover up our mannequins. You see, we are a society which upholds strict social values to ensure that our lusty boys dont droll all over shop display windows.

Way to go Bahrain! Those people never cease to amaze me ;)

21 August, 2005 20:35  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A classic case of the few screwing it up for everyone else. Bahrain is possibly the most balanced gulf country. Think of it as the thing in between Dubai and Saudi (two extremes).

Oh well. I'll be making my trip to Bahrain very soon. Despite all of this, it is still my favorite island ever!

21 August, 2005 21:10  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about Jacko ? I mean come on .. they accept Jacko !! cant get dirtier than that :P

21 August, 2005 21:10  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

im not so sure abt bahrain society .. but i heared some stories of not allowing med. students to wear the veil in the hospitals but allowing mini-skirts, thats in bahrain. On wut basis did you catagorize bahrain in btwn dubai and saudi..

in the UAE not specifically dubai the minis skirts..etc. are not really allowed in the streets ..

22 August, 2005 01:55  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

since when was "in the UAE not specifically dubai the minis skirts..etc. are not really allowed in the streets .. " true?

just go to moscow beach or any other beach, even mercato or city center.

if you want the ultimate in fashion police refer to this article :

22 August, 2005 02:10  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Which beach is the Moscow beach?

22 August, 2005 09:10  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Secret, where is Dave Banana? Haven't been able to get into his blog for the last two days... Has he given it all up and run for the hills?

22 August, 2005 10:00  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bahrain's loss is Dubai's gain... I think the organizers of this event should have come to Dubai in the first place...

Isnt this so timely with the recent objection that a female Bahraini track runner faced for wearing track shorts!

I dont know when will we evolve!


22 August, 2005 10:38  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems Dave Banana got scared off because he fell for a ruse that a local magazine was going to expose him. Dave, what are you afraid of? What exactly do you think they can do to you?

22 August, 2005 12:12  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 22 August, 2005 01:55

I say this on the basis of having lived in Bahrain for 8 years. I have even graduated high school there.

I think it would be fair for me to make such a judgement, having lived in Saudi, Bahrain and the UAE. On the other hand, whatever you are saying hardly makes enough sense for me to even understand.

22 August, 2005 12:21  
Blogger secretdubai said...

I'm in touch with Dave and hopefully he'll be back. He was sent a string of really nasty hoax emails, claiming the police were after him and various other rubbish. To allay people's fears generally, I posted this Guide to Blogging in the UAE on UAE community blog.

Though please not it is not a definitive set of guidelines, more an interpretation of current law and mores.

22 August, 2005 13:01  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

samuraisam my dear .. not specifically dxb means not in dubai :P but in other emirates/cities ;)

24 August, 2005 02:57  

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