Leah Hyslop, The Telegraph

A US filmmaker who was trying to capture footage of the anti-government protests in Bahrain has been deported for immigration fraud.

In a statement released on Saturday, Bahrain’s Information Affairs Authority (IAA) said that Seattle-based Jen Marlowe had lied to immigration officials about her reason for visiting.

“Upon arrival, she told immigration officials she came to help a friend who had recently had a baby, but investigation showed the names and addresses she gave were fabricated,” the statement read.

“While in Bahrain, she [had] been shooting a documentary film that requires a proper visa permitting one to work in the kingdom.”

Marlowe, who describes herself as a “human rights advocate”, told Telegraph Expat she had gone to Bahrain as part of the pro-democracy initiative Witness Bahrain, “to observe, document, and expose what is happening on the ground, and to stand in solidarity with the Bahraini people calling for democracy and respect for human rights”. Continue Reading