Bahrain police detain 2 reporters for foreign media

May 23, 2011 23:35

DUBAI - Two Bahraini journalists working for Western media were detained and at least one was mistreated by police this week, one of the journalists said on Tuesday.

Mazen Mahdi, who works for the German news agency DPA, said he and a reporter for French television station France 24 were called in for questioning on Sunday.

"They questioned me about my Twitter postings, stories published on DPA, and if I had links to Lebanese or Iranian media," Mahdi said.

Mahdi said he was held for several hours, handcuffed, blindfolded and beaten about the head until a senior officer arrived to interrogate him.

The Bahraini Information Ministry could not be immediately reached for comment. Bahraini officials have said they would investigate allegations of mistreatment.

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