The group had arranged a series of interviews, but most of the sources who had agreed to talk had since disappeared. Family members or others close to the sources said they had been arrested or gone into hiding after security forces raided their homes and threatened them.
Abdulhadi Alkhawaja, Wafi Almajed, Salah Alkhawaja and Hussain Ahmed Hussain have been beaten and kidnapped by Bahrain secret police as well as a number of others for expressing dissent online. Now we learn that this crackdown preceded a series of interviews planned by CNN. The Bahrain government does not want their story told, because they are brutally repressing the rights of their people. Bahrain, as these activists wrote on Twitter, feels like Alcatraz, another island prison.