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Emirates retools press law

26 Sep, '071 Comment

Good news this morning from a southerly direction that we hope that our newly appointed minister of Information as well as our parliamentarians will immediately emulate: UAE rules journalists not to be jailed over work 9 hours ago DUBAI (AFP) — The prime minister of the United Arab Emirates decreed on Tuesday that journalists should […]

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Extradited cleric takes editor to court for defamation

Extradited cleric takes editor to court for defamation

28 Aug, '0744 Comments

You probably remember Mr. Wagdy Ghoneim, the guy that was thrown out of the States and is now still waiting for being blessed with a Bahraini passport (shock horror!) even though his immensely popular religious show on our Bahrain TV canned; hence, the country no longer requires his services, but he’s not only still around, […]

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It’s the UAE’s turn to imprisson online publishers

23 Aug, '077 Comments

Here we go again: UAE online forum administrator sentenced to prison Earlier this month, on August 8th, Mohamed Rashed al-Shohhi, an online forum administrator in the Emirate of Ras Al-Khaimah (UAE) has been sentenced to one year in prison and a fine of nearly US$ 13,600 (Dh50,000) for content deemed defamatory published by anonymous on […]

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Defamation case thrown out by High Court

6 Jun, '076 Comments

The High Court dismissed a defamation case brought by the president of the Arabian Gulf University Dr Rafia Ghubash against journalist Hisham Al-Zayani. I wish to offer my congratulations to Mr. Al-Zayani for winning the case, even though the decision has taken over 2 years to be determined. This rare victory for the written word […]

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It’s over

8 May, '0732 Comments

I’m glad to inform you that the libel case levied against me by the minister of agricultural affairs and municipalities Mansour bin Rajab has officially been dropped this morning and the judge has accepted our joint signed document. As such, I have removed the gag! I’ll blog more about the whole experience at a later […]

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