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Photographer is back at work after knife attack

A PHOTOGRAPHER who was stabbed and beaten up by thugs in Manama on Thursday has returned to work.

The GDN reported on Friday that Al Watan photography department head Anwar Moideen was assaulted after being lured to Imam Hussain Street.

"I was in Juffair when I was told by some youngsters there was a fire in Manama so I rushed there immediately," he said.

"As I reached the spot, I saw there was no fire but as soon as I started getting into my car, I was accosted by some men who brandished sticks and knives at me."

Mr Moideen said they asked him why he regularly reported on street violence.

"When I told them I was only doing my job, they beat me up and left me unconscious," he said.

The photographer came around an hour later and went to Salmaniya Medical Complex, before registering a complaint at Naim police station.

"I am still not fully fit but am back at work after a day's rest because there is a job to be done," he said.

"Though I am concerned, I am not really scared of such things because I have to do the work I am assigned."

It is not the first time Mr Moideen has been targeted.

He has been beaten up, stabbed and threatened on several occasions, the most recent being last December when he was photographing animal carcasses illegally dumped in Salmabad.

Bahrain Journalists Association (BJA) yesterday voiced deep concern over repeated attacks targeting photographers.

It condemned a heinous attack by rioters and saboteurs on a photographer of the Information Affairs Authority (IAA).

The IAA also slammed a criminal attack on Al Arabiya photographer Khalid Al Jebali.

Both photographers were assaulted as they were covering a funeral in Jidhafs along with other reporters and photographers.

They were taken to hospital for treatment.

The BJA statement denounced the repeated attacks, which reflect a systematic trend to intimidate and terrorise journalists and photographers and muzzle the media which reports the true facts on the ground.



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