Bahrain Bans Books on Hizbullah because they 'Spread Hatred, Sectarianism'إقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Bahrain authorities banned books on Hizbullah, and published by a publishing house linked to the party, during a cultural exposition, reported the Bahrain News Agency on Friday.
The Bahrain Ministry of Information Affairs said in a statement that the books “promote sectarianism, hatred, and extremist radical ideologies.”
“These ideologies are a direct threat to the safety and security of Bahrain,” it explained.
“The attempt to import these books is a blatant and heinous violation against the will and sovereignty of Bahrain due to the poisonous sectarianism and ideologies that target the unity of the Bahraini society,” it added.
“Freedom of opinion and expression will be preserved in the kingdom as long as it does not violate the sovereignty and security of others,” stressed the ministry.
The GCC monarchies decided on June 10 to impose sanctions on Hizbullah, targeting residency permits and its financial and business activities in reprisal for the group's armed intervention in Syria.
The council comprises Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Bahrain had already blacklisted Hizbullah “due to its meddling in the country's internal affairs.”
Ties between the party and Bahrain had witnessed tensions due to the party's strong support of a popular uprising in the country that began in 2011.