A UAE court ordered the suspension of a local newspaper after it published an article claiming horses owned by the Abu Dhabi ruling family were doped, a local daily said on Thursday.Zawya:
The ruling, which was issued on Wednesday and can not be overturned, stipulates that Arabic-language Al-Emarat Al-Youm halt publication for 20 days, a verdict effective "within a few days," said the Abu Dhabi-based Al-Ittihad.
Al-Emarat Al-Youm, run by a media company under Dubai Holding, owned by Dubai's ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashed al-Maktoum, in October 2006 published a front-page story accusing the Warsan Stables of using dope on horses.
Warsan Stables is owned by members of the ruling family of Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, while Al-Emarat Al-Youm is one of the most widely read publications in the country.
Abu Dhabi Federal Court of Appeal upheld a defamation conviction against Arabic daily Emarat Al Youm, suspending the newspaper for 20 days and fining Editor-in-Chief Sami Al Reyami Dh20,000 in a defamation case raised by Warsan Stables' owners.Some interesting ironies in this April 2009 story:
The case stemmed from an October 2006 article that accused Warsan Stables of giving steroids to horses in an Abu Dhabi race.
[Mohammad Yousuf, Chairman of the UAE Journalists' Association] noted that suspending a newspaper will cause damage to the UAE's reputation at international freedom and human rights organisations, which will take advantage of this ruling to accuse the UAE.
Yousuf expressed hope that the ruling would be suspended and that the newspaper would continue to come out so as to preserve the UAE reputation.
However, there are consultations with supreme bodies to find a solution to this case.
The ruler of Dubai is being investigated by equestrian authorities after a horse he owns and rides failed doping tests after two races.There is also a case touching Sheik Hamdan. The FEI's rules hold the rider responsible.
Sheik Mohammed said he was unaware of the doping but accepts full responsibility. The drug use came to light following testing by his staff after endurance races this year in Bahrain and Dubai.
The International Equestrian Federation said Tuesday it is investigating. The federation's president is Princess Haya of Jordan, who is married to Sheik Mohammed. She has led a campaign for a drug-free sport and will step aside from her official duties when the governing body considers the case. ...