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Bahrain to bring France 24 correspondent to trial amid media crackdown

On Monday, Bahrain’s Public Prosecution set January 16 as the date for the hearing of Nazeeha Saeed, a Bahraini correspondent working for France 24 television news network and Paris-based Radio Monte-Carlo Doualiya, Arabic-language Bahrain Mirror news website reported.

Saeed was called to the public prosecutor’s office on July 17 and was charged with “working for foreign media outlets without a permit.”

This came two weeks after Bahraini officials imposed a travel ban on her. She learned about the ban on June 29, after she was prevented from boarding a flight.

Saeed’s license expired earlier this year but Bahrain’s Information Affairs Authority (IAA) refused to renew it. She faces a fine of up to 1,000 Bahraini dinars ($2,652).

The Bahraini correspondent has reported for Radio Monte Carlo for 12 years and for France 24 for seven years.

In May 2011, Saeed was tortured by Bahraini regime forces for reporting on pro-democracy demonstrations in the kingdom. In November 2015, Bahraini authorities decided not to prosecute her torturers.

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