We took some time this weekend to catch up on the print version of The New York Times, and, interestingly, continued coverage of the upheaval in Bahrain was published on Friday’s cover page, above the fold. The story goes into detail about the government’s crackdown on protesters, quoting human rights group figures: 34 people dead, 3,600 fired from their jobs, 1,400 arrested. Bahrain has 525,000 citizens. Unrest continued last week after the funeral for a protester killed by police tear gas.
The Times says it reached out via email to the government information office and a PR firm that the government hired for comment, but didn’t hear back. Qorvis and Sanitas International are working with the Bahraini government. When we spoke with Qorvis’ Matt Lauer last month, he said the firm is working to “highlight the changes” happening in the country and said the government “has worked hard to protect the rights and freedoms of people from all religious backgrounds and ethnicities.”
GulfNews.com reports that King Hamad Bin Eisa Al Khalifa will address the United Nations General Assembly this week, talking about issues in the region and the “modernization” in that country.