01 December, 2005

Dubai The Model? :: Tech Central Station

Dubai The Model?

Former Gulf News reporter Neil Hrab writes:

the UAE censors the Internet. The state-owned communications monopoly blocked a local blogger in July, for posting an allegedly offensive satire of life in the Emirates.

The media face severe pressure at times to follow the government line. Foreigners working in the newsrooms of Dubai's older daily papers quietly bear the wounds (thankfully figurative) of past tangles with officials eager to shape the news.

As open as the UAE is to outsiders, its
press law is not going to win any awards from the ACLU. The text of this law (which I encourage you to read) leaves no doubt that the authors believe in a highly regulated press.

Read the whole thing. Hrab's bottom line: half a loaf is better than none at all.

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