Who killed Eman Salehi? Bahrain journalist murdered on street in front of 6-year-old son

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Eman Salehi
Eman Salehi

Los Angeles : Journalists across the world face potent threats from both political and criminal backgrounds. But, the killing of a Bahrain female sports journalist has sparked outrage in the community.

According to reports, Eman Salehi, a 28-year-old Shiite woman, who worked as a sports journalist for Bahrain's state-run television broadcaster, was gunned down in the street as her six-year-old son watched from inside their car.

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It's still unclear what sparked the December 23 shooting as the man who shot Salehi once in the head, immediately turned himself into authorities.

Some activists have been alleging that a member of Bahrain's Sunni royal family serving in the military pulled the trigger.

But Said Yousif Almuhafdah of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights says, 'If you say it involves the military, it involves the king. No one wants to mention that.'

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Some activists who spoke on the condition of anonymity said the West remain silent 'because of the supply of the facilities,', referring to the British and American naval bases. 'They are compromising other things for this.'

Bahrain's Interior Ministry issued only a terse statement on Twitter saying there had been a 'murder of a female.'

Their statement read: 'No individual in Bahrain will, or can be, prosecuted for his or her political views due to the freedom of expression protections explicitly stated in the constitution.'

But many feel that contrary to the statement is happening in the country nowadays.

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