Video journalist Yaara Bou Melhem had difficulty even getting into Bahrain to report for Dateline, and what she eventually found there was a regime determined to keep protesters quiet and out of the media.
But she sets about investigating the country's dark secret of disappearances and deaths, including the backlash against the killing of a young father of two, Hani Jumah, in mysterious circumstances.
And Yaara hears of the persecution and fear of those wanting to speak out, but who face violent attacks for standing up for democracy, even in the hospitals where they're sent for treatment.
This season of Dateline has already gained unprecedented access to Libya, Tunisia, Egypt and Syria. Now, watch Bahrain's story.
WATCH - Click to view Yaara's report.
INTERACTIVE - Click through our country-by-country interactive guide to the situation in the Middle East and North Africa.
WORLD NEWS AUSTRALIA - Get the latest SBS news coverage of the unrest in the Arab world.
HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH - Read the Human Rights Watch report into the death of Hani Jumah, featured in Yaara's report.
BEHIND THE SCENES - Yaara talks about the process of filming a story in Arabic, then translating and subtitling it, for this week's behind the scenes feature.
UN MEDIA PEACE AWARD - Yaara won a UN Australia Media Peace Award in October 2011 for this report.
WALKLEY AWARD - And in November 2011, Yaara won a Walkley Award for Excellence in Journalism for this story.
Photo (funeral protest): AAP