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HRF condemns the closure of Al-Wasat, the only independent newspaper in Bahrain, by the Ministry of Information Affairs. It was launched on September 7, 2002 to promote democracy in Bahrain and remained faithful to this commitment until its recent suspension "until further notice" . The suspension decision follows the publication of a column about the Al-Hoceima rural uprising against Morocco's authoritarian regime. Bahrain's chokehold on independent media is one of many tactics used by the Al- Khalifa's dictatorial regime to quash dissent.