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Bahraini journalist Faisal Hayyat detained over tweet about religion

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Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns Bahraini journalist and blogger Faisal Hayyat’s detention on the alleged grounds that he insulted religion in a tweet. Arrested after interrogation by the Criminal Investigation Directorate on 9 October, he is being held under a one-week detention order.

Hayyat has presented a weekly satirical broadcast about politics, business and social issues on his YouTube channel (Sha7wal) since 2013, and has tens of thousands of subscribers.

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