Rights groups around the world are pressuring Formula 1 to demand the Bahraini government release an activist jailed over social media posts criticising Manama's hosting of the 2017 Grand Prix.
Letters between Formula One and rights groups -- including Human Rights Watch and the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy -- seen Wednesday by AFP, raise the case of Najah Yousif, jailed for three years over what rights groups say is criticism of the 2017 Bahrain Grand Prix.
Yousif opposed Formula One's decision to hold races in Bahrain on social media over the kingdom's rights records.
Prosecutors say Yousif was convicted of "broadcasting false and biased news" about conditions in Bahrain and "promoting terrorist acts".
A February 6 letter signed by 17 rights groups urged Formula One to "uphold its commitment to human rights" by calling for Yousif's immediate release and disclosing information obtained during the organiser's discussions with the Bahraini government.