Dear President Obama,
I am sending this letter to you in response to the one from Nabeel Rajab, published on April 9, 2015, in The New York Times. I hope The New York Times will publish it with respect to one of the fundamental principles and values of freedom of expression, the right of reply.
I am Samira Rajab, the cousin of Nabeel Rajab, and I am also a Bahraini citizen. My country allows me to exercise my full rights as a human being, a citizen and a woman. I have never felt any kind of discrimination in my country in my whole long life.
For years I have worked as a liberal journalist-columnist, and never feared any subject. I've mainly written opinion and editorial pieces, and throughout my career, I never felt any restrictions on my right to Press freedom. Authorities in Bahrain have never asked me to change any of my articles or stopped me from writing or publishing them, despite the diversity of my opinions and my independence.
But I can assure you, Mr President, that I'm subjected to the threat of "intellectual terrorism" from political radical Islamist groups, especially when I wrote against the engagement of clerics in politics and its consequences on the decline of human rights and freedom in general. This terrorism has been threatening my life every day, for the past 10 years.