.. and Bahraini star blogger Mahmood Al-Yousif is learning that the hard way. The star blogger has been arrested and let out on bail after being interrogated by the Bahraini authorities for his criticism on this blog entry where he addressed a governmental public figure in what was taken as offensive manner.
My views on Mr. Al-Yousif, Bahrain or the case itself are irrelevant and insignificant, but recognizing the position of influence Al-Yousif has, I completely disagree with the barbaric manner he reaches out to solve problems of national importance.
The ongoing sectarian war in Bahrain is just as intense as the one in Iraq, and everybody should be more responsible in the way they voice their opinions. Talking louder doesn't make you more audible, talking in a better way on the other hand does, and considering that Mr. Al-Yousif's blog is a very active communal outlet, he could've had more journalistic reasonability.
Abusing freedom of speech will not get anything done and will destroy the initial purpose of using it, positive change. On the very contrary, abusing freedom of speech not only does that but hurts people along the way which collectively backfires to hurting yourself.
Mr Al-Yousif himself concurs that he had criticized other public figures in the same manner, but none of them were ever bothered to reciprocate. Two wrongs don't make a right Mr Al-Yousif and this time, your offensive manner of criticism has backfired.
"The most important political office is that of private citizen" — Louis Dembitz Brandeis. How would you feel if that importance worked against you, Mr Al-Yousif ?
Off Note :- Mr Al-Yousif doesn't take criticism well either, a year or so back, I darely questioned his opinion about a certain topic, and he wasn't too happy about that. I regret to say that I handled it too childishly, which was met by even more childish behavior by Mr. Al-Yousif himself. He offended me and then he set a redirect for my IP to a gay personal website (which never came in handy) taking me for a complete retard.
I, since the little incident do read Mr Al-Yousif's blog periodically, because when he's not being a big baby, or talking about gardening, is a very rational man with excellent points who just wants the best for his country.
This reminds me of the case against famous Omani forum Omania (Sablat Al-Arab)'s owner Mr. Saeed Al-Rashdi and how it had been an outstanding media portal that connected governmental possibility with the unsatisfied citizen. Mr Al-Rashdi's latest trial session was today and we are yet to know the details. The verdict will be announced a week from today, so all the best to Mr. Al-Rashdi