In 1999, Abdulemam created the online forum and pro-democracy news website Bahrain Online as a platform for his countrymen to share ideas and strategies for political change. This was the first free uncensored online forum for political and social debate in Bahrain, and Abdulemam is known as the blog-father" for creating it. Since founding the website, Abdulemam has campaigned tirelessly for free and open discussion. Known as a visionary among his colleagues, he provedmany years before it became a conventional ideathat online activism can truly create social change. Bahrain Online gets more than 100,000 visitors a day, despite being blocked within Bahrain. Regarded by fellow Bahraini citizens as one of the Gulfs internet pioneers, Abdulemam was arrested on September 4, 2010, on a charge of defaming the government. He was also accused of trying to destabilize the country by posting false information about its internal affairs" on Bahrain Online.
Many calls for Abdulemam's release were issued by a solidarity campaign, via Facebook and informal petitions. In a concession to the opposition and demonstrators, on February 22, 2011, the Bahraini government suddenly freed Abdulemam and 22 other opposition and human rights activists who were being tried with him. Abdulemam said he was mistreated while detained: I was subjected to torture, beatings, insults and verbal abuse. They threatened to dismiss my wife and other family members from their jobs. I was interrogated in the prosecution without a lawyer, and the officer there who appeared to be from the National Security dismissed my denials to the allegations put against me. He never allowed me to respond to the questions he was asking, but rather answering them himself whilst I stood behind the door as I was not permitted to sit during the investigation."
Abdulemam is a contributor to Global Voices Advocacy and Global Voices Arabic Lingua. In 2011, he was nominated for the Citizen Prize, an annual 2,500 award that goes to a blogger, online journalist, or cyber-dissident who has helped promote freedom of expression on the Internet.