Bahrain has filed a complaint to the Arab League (AL) against Qatar and its satellite Channel Al-Jazeera after it broadcast a film in mid-July as part of the "What is Hidden is More" show. The Bahraini complaint was submitted to the AL meeting of foreign affairs ministers scheduled for September 10th at the headquarters of the General Secretariat in Cairo.
The show which ignited Bahrain’s fury was a documentary claiming that there was a secret plot coordinated by Bahraini intelligence in 2003 with Al-Qaeda affiliated leaders to assassinate prominent dissidents who opposed the Bahraini king. The documentary broadcast confidential recordings containing testimonies of the plan's executors, commissioned by Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa.
Bahraini News Agency (BNA) reported the issue during the foreign Affairs ministers meeting at the AL talks where Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain all condemned the Qatari media. Bahraini Information Affairs Minister Ali Al-Rumaihi criticised Qatari media, which systematically adopts defamatory speech and seeks to provoke viewers by posting documentaries that are eight years old. “These unprofessional practices have proven that claims stating, Al-Jazeera is an independent private TV channel with an independent agenda are void of any truth. Al-Jazeera is a Qatari channel that represents the Government of Qatar,” he told BNA.
The Bahraini army meanwhile issued a statement denying the allegations in Al-Jazeera’s documentary. According to a Bahraini army official spokesperson, the security officer who appeared in the documentary has been convicted for spying for the sake of Qatar and was sentenced to death. The officer was previously sentenced to 10 years in jail for escaping from the army. The convicted officer managed to escape to Qatar where he applied for its nationality. Interpol has issued an arrest warrant for him.
The army has also lent weight to the fraudulence of the documentary by stating that the officer who appeared in the documentary was not on duty during the 2011 demonstrations in Bahrain, thus underlining his cooperation with Qatar.
Al-Ain news has also reported that the Bahraini army statement revealed that Qatari media has fabricated 48% of its news on Saudi Arabia, 16% about Bahrain, 12% about Egypt and 22% about the UAE. Media news reported that the Bahraini statement revealed Qatar's non-stop attempts - even before the boycott - in targeting Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries to weaken their entities by conspiring against them, a role that Qatar continues to play through its channel of Al-Jazeera.
Al-Rumaihi noted that Al-Jazeera has attempted to secretly contact Bahraini officials via unknown numbers to provoke them and record their calls without their consent. “The Qatari regime has long since lost its wisdom and logic for choosing to attack Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE, and Bahrain amongst other Gulf and Arab countries.”