A report produced by Reporters without Borders on Monday said that Bahrain has been added to a new list of "internet enemies".
This annual report, which classifies as “enemies” countries that severely curtail freedom of expression on the internet, said the Gulf kingdom and Belarus had been added for 2012.
Bahrain got added to this trail purely because of its restrictive nature towards the freedom of social media and that of internet. Saudi Arabia remained on the list as it has "continued its relentless censorship" the report added.
Bahrain and Belarus join the ranks of other countries that RWB considers to be most restricting Internet freedom, including Burma, China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.
Last year, Bahrain and Belarus were on RWB's "under surveillance" list, but their actions bashed them up to the official "enemies" list.
This year "under surveillance" category includes countries like Egypt, where the new regime has resumed old practices and has directly targeted the most outspoken blogger.
But it also includes Australia, because of its content filtering plans, as well as France, due to its anti-piracy laws.
New additions to "under surveillance" also include India and Kazakhstan. The group noted, however, that Libya has been dropped from the "under surveillance" list since the fall of the Gaddafi regime "has ended an era of censorship." Venezuela was also removed from that category since 2011 legislation "that could potentially limit Internet freedom has yet to have any damaging effect in practice."
RWB said countries like Azerbaijan, Morocco, and Tajikistan are on its radar. Pakistan might also end up on the 2013 "enemies" list since it plans to implement a national Internet filtering and blocking system.