Saturday, August 20, 2005

Dear Mr. Dawood,

Dear Mr. Dawood, before I clean your clock with your redicilus middle age law, I have a question. Why did it take you three months to register 82 websites to begin with? You are doing a horrible job keeping a leash on us. As a citizen, I demand to know why a public office with the budget it has needs 3 months to register 82 websites? I can do it in one hour ! These are the kind of people that are supposed to keep an eye on us? If you're going to give us a hard time, can you at least do a decent job at it? Whats more humiliating to the outside world? We have to register a personal website with a government entity? Or that it takes 3 months to do it?

Now let me ask you another question. Why do you choose to come up with the amazing project you and your crew have taken upon yourselves, just days after Bahrain was ranked 3rd most dangerous country to blog in? 3rd place aint that good anymore, huh? We've GOT TO BE NUMBER ONE ! Thats the Bahraini spirit ! Better luck next time. Hard luck.

Sir, does it make you proud to have Bahrain with China, Iran, and Syria in the same breath, in terms of free speech? I mean we used to compete with eastern european countries in terms of personal freedom maybe... im fine with Egypt and Malaysia... but China and Iran? This is low.

Mr. Dawood, please don't be offended, but you can only find Ministries of Information in third world, under-developed countries, that need a monopolized source of information to attempt disguising a corrupt government.

In Bahrain, we amuse ourselves that we're moving towards reform and transparency. Please don't take that away from us. We're so transparent we have a list of everyone that maintains a website. Please find another day Job and cancel out the MOI. Its a prime location on two streets. We can use the office space down there.

Good luck explaining in your next job interview, after they close down the MOI, why it took you three months to register 82 websites.


Blogger ES said...

Yeah, and why don't you get a Faceparty? I'll send you an invite, Mr. Dawood, if that is, in fact, your real name.

In any case, if it took him 3 months to register 82 websites, I doubt he'll have time roaming around fishing for blogs to whine about, especially if there's about 5 of those forming every other week. It would be virtually impossible to keep up.

I, for one, am glad that BahrainOnline is still going strong. There are daily posts in at least 20 of its forums. It's times like these where I'm actually glad to be abroad.

7:49 PM  
Blogger $iLveR GiRL said...

" Yeah, and why don't you get a Faceparty? I'll send you an invite, Mr. Dawood, if that is, in fact, your real name."

I understand that you guys are annoyed because of these anti-freedom registration laws, although I can’t be bothered to be extremely irritated because it looks like they are only teasing us. It will never work. Trust me.

Anyway, what I am against is pouring you anger on Mr. Dawood, 3ala qolatkom. He’s just an entity receiving orders and newspaper articles quote him. Why do you have to call him names and be offensive!? This I can’t cotton on!

If you want to rub somebody up the wrong way, ka 3ndkom the moi, the minister and the MPs.

5:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dawood needs to grow a set of balls, admit in public this issue was wrong and won't work and then step up to the plate and and RESIGN his post at the MOI.

Yes people are annoyed and they have every right to be. Dawood needs to stop being a tool to those pulling his strings and become part of the solution while he and others still have time to save face.

5:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you believe that Bahrain is as dangerous place to blog as Saudi Arabia or Syria? And more dangerous to be a blogger than in Iraq, North Korea or Zimbabwe?

7:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The problem here is that Dawood is just a puppet. He is receiving orders and trying to implement them. Who knows what he really thinks about all this.

At the same time he is the one coming out with these statements and thus should be responsible (and accountable) to the public.

What do you do when you know that there are bigger forces behind all of this nonsense?

Personally, I would refrain from criticizing him on a personal level; instead, i would make it clear to him in no uncertain terms that his ministry's policy on this issue is quite daft.

12:55 PM  
Blogger ES said...

"Why do you have to call him names and be offensive!?"

Because it's fun, that's why.

1:42 PM  
Blogger The Joker said...

I have nothing personal against him. Im sure he's a very nice person. But I'm fed up with these communist laws thrown at us by mouth-pieces like this particular gentleman in particular, and expect us to pretend they make total sense.

Silver girl, can't you see that this is a very slippery slope? Looks to me like the state of security law we had for 30 years. I dont need to remind you where that took us.

If we pretend this law made sense, then we'll have more bloggers taking all-expenses paid trips all over the place.

Mr. Dawood is a punching bag right now for some to flex some muscles. I'm sure if we show how serious we are about it, this resolution will stay in the drawer.

2:57 PM  
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3:39 PM  
Blogger SillyBahrainiGirl said...

good one..

I wonder whether Mr Dawood even knows what's going on or what a BLOG is.

and YES to the closure of the Ministry of DISinformation.

Drinks on me guys the day that happens ;)

7:29 PM  

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