Thursday, June 07, 2007

Inside The Middle East angers Bahrain

This month's Inside The Middle East has caused a bit of a stir. The edition comes from Bahrain, and in the first item, Hala Gorani looks at the "hidden" poor population of Bahrain.

I caught an airing of the programme at 1330 gmt today on CNN/I. The show ended just after 1350 gmt, much earlier than usual. Then, Stephen Frazier at the CNN Centre studio appeared to talk about the first item in the show. He said that the Bahrain government has disputed the contents of the first item of the show. He went on to say that while CNN stands by the report, they felt that the Bahrain government should have the right to reply on CNN/I.

He then introduced an interview conducted by Rosemary Church in Atlanta, talking to a Bahrain government official in Manama who put across the government's view of the items in the report. This lasted around 5 or 6 minutes.

You can watch the show, including the item in question, here

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