CPJ joins call for Bahrain to free blogger on hunger strike

By Sherif Mansour/CPJ Middle East Program Coordinator on August 27, 2015 4:40 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists, along with 40 human rights and press freedom groups, is calling on Bahrain to release Abduljalil Alsingace. The imprisoned blogger began waging a partial hunger strike on March 21, 2015 in protest at the maltreatment of prisoners after a riot in Jaw prison earlier that month, according to a campaign set up by his supporters.

Alsingace, who wrote critically about human rights violations and repression of the political opposition in his blog, Al-Faseela, was sentenced to life in prison by a military court in June 2011 for "plotting to topple the monarchy," according to news reports.

A copy of the joint statement is available here:

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