Bahrain releases four American journalists

Four American journalists released after being arrested in Bahrain over their participation in illegal gathering n

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

An undated handout photo of US journalist Anna Day provided by Jesse Ayala, February 15, 2016.

Bahrain has released four American journalists working for Reporters Without Borders (RSF), after accusing them of attending in an illegal meeting, the group’s lawyer said on Tuesday.

Bahraini Lawyer, Mohammed al-Jishi, and RSF identified the four detained as American citizens of which include US journalist Anna Day and three members of her camera crew.

Although Bahrain’s public prosecution office did not release the names of the journalists, it stated that the four Americans had been released after investigating them.

"They are on their way to the airport," the group's lawyer, Mohammed al-Jishi, told Reuters by telephone. A witness indicated that the four seemed to be in good health.

The prosecution statement, released by the Bahrain News Agency, said that the journalists were accused of "disturbing public order and exposing modes of transport to danger.”

According to RSF, Anna Day and her three colleagues are experienced journalists who had recently worked on virtual reality documentaries in Egypt and Gaza.

Bahrain's Interior Ministry also said that the four entered the country between February 11 and 12 adding that they were "suspected of offences including entering Bahrain illegally, having submitted false information to border staff, and participating in an unlawful gathering."

TRTWorld and agencies