26 May, 2009

UAE bloggers protected by Journalists' Association

A new article says that UAE bloggers will be protected from prosecution by a union of sorts, provided (of course), they follow a code of ethics:

"Bloggers and "virtual" journalists have the right to be protected by the Journalists' Association, provided they abide by the ethics code, including stating of facts and sources of information, avoiding defaming without tangible proof, or provoking hostility arising from religious, sectarian or race discriminations," Yousuf said.

Mohammad Yousuf, President of the UAE Journalists' Association, also said that full-time, dedicated bloggers will be allowed membership of the association.


So the question is really, who is a "full-time, dedicated" blogger? Again, in previous debates regarding this, does it include personal blogs that ocassionally do political commentary and controversial topics, or only those that are "journalistic"? And what is considered "provoking hostility arising from religious, sectarian or race discriminations"? Expats whining about locals, or vice-versa, or both? Does all of this also include comments?

It seems like a step in the right directon for sure, but certain things still seem a bit vague to me.

4 comments:

R. P. Sharma said...

Nice information

UAE bloggers will be protected from prosecution by a union of sorts, provided (of course), they follow a code of ethics:
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Ares Vista said...

Blogs should be registered and operated as businesses for this protection to apply. Someone that is just running a personal blog is not supposed to be running an unregistered business. I agree that professionals should be protected, virtual business included, but personal projects cannot be.

amazingsusan said...

No one will know for sure until there is a test case...

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