Ali Abdulemam

Ali Abdulemam, known as 'the Baharaini Blogger' co-founded the popular democracy website BahrainOnLine in 1999. He has no particular political allegiance but wishes Bahrainis had freedom to express their aspirations.

Ali is married and has a son and twin daughters.

On 4th September 2010 he was detained prior to trial accused of trying to subvert the regime

Ali has been much affected by the current 'Arab Spring' and his whereabouts are worryingly unknown. Please see this link for  latest update:


                            Ali Abdulemam at Front Line Defenders



oil on canvas 110cm x 150cm

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In 2013 Ali was granted political asylum in the UK. He has settled in London, with his wife and children and is active as a Blogger and Online activist, defending freedom of expression. He was given the Hellman/Hammett Award from HRW and the Freedom Award from CEPOS.

In 2015 Ali sat for his actual portrait for The Black Portraits project.


Bahrain Ali Abdulemam oil on canvas 103cm x 157cm email