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Preethi Nallu


How the Media Failed Abdulhadi

[Image by BH-ONE, via Flickr.]

Since the start of the Arab Spring, which has led to many new seasons of protest in turn, the media has often gravitated to individual activists who have become leading figures in mobilizing the public during these revolutions. Tawakul Karman in Yemen, Ahmed Maher in Egypt and Moncef Marzouki in Tunisia—these are just three names that have resonated in the media over the course of protests. Their specific stories of perseverance in the face of brute force have ...

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A Family Under Siege: The Khawajas in Bahrain

[Abdulhadi al-Khawaja. Photo by Paul McAdams.]

An important aspect of many of the popular movements of the Arab Spring has been the emergence of different generations of activists from the same families. Abdulhadi al-Khawaja and his daughters Zainab al-Khawaja and Maryam al-Khawaja epitomize such cross-familial activism. Abdulhadi is among the most renowned human rights activists in Bahrain. A co-founder of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), a regional representative for Ireland-based Frontline Defenders, a ...

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Preethi Nallu


Preethi Nallu is a print and broadcast journalist with a special focus on human rights issues. She has contributed to a variety of media outlets, including Al Jazeera, Inter-Press Service, Al Akhbar, and Doha Centre for Media Freedom, and also produces independent documentaries.