Bahrain bans main opposition newspaper

Bahrain has sharply tightened Internet, media controls under military rule.

Manama: Bahraini authorities have banned the country`s main opposition newspaper in a widening effort to muzzle anti-government media.

The newspaper Al-Wasat did not publish on Sunday after a message on state TV saying Bahrain`s Information Ministry has ordered the paper to shut down. The state-run Bahrain News Agency says officials accuse Al-Wasat of "unethical" coverage of the Shi’ite-led uprising against the country`s Sunni rulers.

Bahrain has sharply tightened Internet and media controls under military rule imposed last month after weeks of protests and clashes by groups seeking to break the monarchy`s grip on power in the strategic Gulf nation, which is home to the US Navy`s 5th Fleet.
Al-Wasat`s online edition also was blocked.

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