Bahrain arrests 4 Americans for aiding protesters

An undated handout photo of U.S. journalist Anna Day provided by Jesse Ayala, on Monday.

An undated handout photo of U.S. journalist Anna Day provided by Jesse Ayala, on Monday.


Bahraini police said it detained four Americans for providing “false information that they were tourists,” while also alleging one took part in an attack on its officers. The US Embassy in Manama said in a statement Monday 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.

The identities of the journalists and whether they worked for a specific media outlet was not immediately clear. Bahraini police said one was a woman and three were men.

Photographs of the reporters working in the Sitra neighborhood circulated on social media, including one image of a woman being filmed while speaking to a masked protester.

An Interior Ministry statement alleged one of the four journalists “was wearing a mask and participating in attacks on police alongside other rioters in Sitra.” The statement also said the journalists entered the country between Thursday and Friday on tourist visas.

“At least some of the arrestees were in the country as members of the international media but had not registered with the concerned authority and were involved in illegal activities,” the statement said.

A BNA statement said the journalists had “been afforded full legal rights in line with the kingdom’s procedures and constitution while investigations continue.”


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