1st August 2016
Index on Censorship is an international organization that promotes and defends freedom of expression using journalism, campaigning and advocacy. They closely follow and report on a variety of stories from across the world to combat repression. At the centerpiece of a latest social media campaign using the hashtag #opinionsarenotcrimes is a story about Bahraini journalist Nabeel Rajab, who was given an award by the organization. He has been a target for authorities for the past two decades because of his vocal opposition to the government. In 2012 he spent two years in jail after posting anti-government comments on Twitter. More recent tweets have resulted in his trial being delayed by one month. This article provides a detailed outline of the history of his political career, highlighting some of the abuse he has faced as a result of his continued activism.