Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 25 October 2014

TV crew ordered to leave Bahrain

Violent protests against the government have been going on in Bahrain (AP)

A British TV crew has been forced to leave Bahrain by the country's authorities as they reported on the violent clashes taking place in the build-up to the Grand Prix.

The team of five were filming in the Gulf nation ahead of Sunday's Formula One race where they were held and questioned at a police station on Thursday before being released.

The group, who had the necessary visas permitting them to work there, were then again questioned and taken to a police station on Friday, before being told they must leave the country or face going to prison.

The news team has been reporting on the violent protests that have been going on against the government as the eyes of the world fall on the country for the race.

The ongoing dispute between the ruling Sunni family and the majority Shia population led to the Grand Prix being cancelled in 2011 after many were killed during similar demonstrations.

An ITV News spokeswoman said on Friday: "Our news team were on assignment with visas approved by the Bahraini authorities.

"Having filed a report last night, they were stopped while filming this morning and taken to a local police station for discussions with officers.

"They have since been asked to leave the country, which they are in the process of doing."

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