Bahrain deports US teacher



DALTON BENNETT | AP

Published — Monday 12 August 2013

Last update 12 August 2013 5:49 am

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MANAMA: Bahrain deported a US citizen working as a teacher in the kingdom over what it described Saturday as her “radical” writings on Twitter and websites as the government cracks down on protests the country.
Erin Kilbride, of Portland, Maine, left the kingdom for the US, officials at the Bahrain Center for Human Rights said.
In a statement Saturday, Bahrain’s Ministry of State for Communications said it had received complaints about Kilbride. The ministry said an investigation found that Kilbride worked “illegally as an unaccredited journalist” in violation of her visa.
Kilbride was “using Twitter and a number of websites to publish articles on Bahrain that were deemed to incite hatred against the government and members of the royal family,” the ministry said. It did not offer specifics about what she wrote, though it did say she wrote for the Bahrain Center for Human Rights.
The ministry also said her landlord apparently reported Kilbride for having a flag of Hezbollah. The official Twitter feed of Bahrain’s Minister of State Communications, Fawaz Al Khalifa, posted images Saturday that it described as a yellow Hezbollah flag in Kilbride’s bedroom.
Kilbride did not return requests for comment Saturday from The Associated Press.

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