DT: A group of Bahraini journalists held a preparatory meeting in London to launch the Bahrain Press Association.
They also approved the initiative to officially register it in London, and finalise its legal and statuary status as a London-based association.
A lawyer and legal representative has been nominated to pursue the legal procedures to establish the association.
The launch of the association was deemed as a crucial response from the side of Bahraini journalists to the events that took place in Bahrain since February 14.
The founders reiterated the basic law of the association that commits it to all the international conventions and treaties related to Press and media freedoms, adopting them as a principal reference for the association.
It is hoped that the association will assume a major role in defending the freedom of the media, Press and journalists in Bahrain, and will provide all the assistance and support to journalists to ensure they have the appropriate atmosphere to accomplish their mission freely, professionally and transparently.
The association will issue research papers, studies, periodical reports and media bulletins.
It will conduct seminars and activities about the status of journalism in Bahrain in cooperation with various regional and international centres, associations, unions and organisations.
The founding members unanimously approved the temporary basic law of the association.