The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today condemned the violent
assault on Muhannad Abu Zaiton, managing editor of Alwatan newspaper by two unidentified men on Wednesday 26 August.
"We are deeply shocked by this vicious assault and possible
assassination attempt against a leading Bahraini journalist," said Aidan White,
IFJ General Secretary. "The authorities must do everything they can to bring
the attackers to justice and guarantee the safety of Bahrain's journalists."
According to the Bahrain Journalists' Association (BJA), an IFJ
affiliate, Abu Zaiton left his office yesterday afternoon and was walking to
his car when the masked attackers struck. While one attacked the journalist
with a sharp weapon, aiming at his heart and head, the other threw a Molotov cocktail
at the car, setting it on fire. Abu Zaiiton
was left with an injured shoulder having fought off the attackers who then fled
The BJA issued a statement condemning the targeting of journalists who
have been reporting on the growing violence in Bahrain.
"This attack mustn't pass without arresting the perpetrators and bringing
them to justice" the Association said, adding "this attack will not stop the journalists
from doing their noble mission."
The IFJ, which has opened an office in the kingdom to promote its
Ethical Journalism Initiative campaign is
concerned that Bahraini journalists who are spearheading professional and independent
journalism in the region may face intimidation from forces determined to hold
"We support journalists in Bahrain as they assert their right to ethical
and independent reporting," added White. "We assure them of our solidarity in
their fight against all forms of violence and intimidation."
For more information contact the IFJ
at +32 235 2207
The IFJ represents over 600,000 journalists in 125 countries worldwide