Erin Kilbride, an English teacher from the US and working in Bahrain, has been deported from the country after writing a series of articles critical of the Bahrain leadership suggesting they supported the recent overthrow of the Egyptian president whilst cracking down on democracy in their own country.
Officially it was stated that she was being deported for “working illegally as an unaccredited journalist while employed as a teacher.” The articles were posted in www.muftah.org.
Should visitors be allowed to criticize the country they’re living in? This is a difficult question. As English teachers we’re often exposed to very different cultures to our own and it can sometimes be hard to accept something very different from what we’re used to. But do we have the right to criticize and then maybe push our views on people who have grown up in a very different society?
Personally I think the bottom line is that we do have that right but only if we’re willing to accept the consequences, for who is to say whether the visiting English teacher or the locals are right?